When The Going Gets Tough
Have you ever felt that life's journey is too hard, too unpredictable and too heart breaking? Have you ever hoped it would just end so you can have some peace? Have you ever sought a break from the merciless waves that seem to crush you down before you can get up?
I have learned that the feeling of overwhelm and a desire to just quit and fade away is not so uncommon. A lot of us face this sometime in our lives. Personally, I have gone through such phases a few times.
Have you ever wondered what sets apart the people who decide to end it all and those who continue to go on?
Not only that, out of those who decide to go on what is it that sets apart the people who stay in the survival mode trying to fight each insult that comes their way and those who decide to begin to feel the rythm of life and be in its flow?
Personally, I feel that it just takes a decision and consistent follow through on the decision we have made. It takes a commitment. If there is one thing I have leaned through all my life events, nursing experience, and work in personal empowerment it is the importance of commitment.
A lot of us make a pledge, but most are unable to follow through because we think that a commitment guarantees perfection. In reality, when we make a commitment, that is when we see our own imperfections the most.
When we commit to something we are faced with the challenge of follow through. This is where we have to stretch ourselves way beyond what we are used to. As a result we fall off the wagon often.
Most people take "falling off the wagon" as a sign of failure. But what if every time you fell off the wagon you said to yourself, "I am falling off because I am stretching my self beyond I have ever before. This is a part of the process. I am not perfect nobody is"?
Now all of a sudden, the challenges, the imperfections the setbacks are not so disasterous anymore. We have a new perspective. We know progress comes with ups and downs, setbacks and victories.
So we learn to celebrate the victories and be compassionate to ourselves in the face of setbacks. We know its a part of the process and create great opportunities to lean and grow from. As a result we stop fighting and begin to navigate these challenges.
There are no mountains without the valleys and no progress without the setbacks.
Yours in love, peace and gratitude
Shahina Lakhani RN MSN Author, Poet, Speaker, Holistic Life Change Strategist. She advocates using holistic strategies in personal empowerment, care of the sick, the dying and their loved ones. Shahina Lakhani has been a nurse for more than 25 years. She has worked as an educator, Nurse Practitioner and a Hospice Nurse. Her passion is to empower people to Live Powerfully and experience Wellbeing until their last breath.
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