So what do you do when things go wrong, bad things happen, times are tough, life rains on your parade? All valid questions with no easy answers.
Life is hard, life is complicated, sometimes, life is defeating. So how do you stay optimistic or inspired when things go awry? It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible, either.
Sometimes it is the difficult things that reveal the greatest beauty in life. The tragedy that makes you stop and appreciate the people you love. Really appreciate them. The horrible day in which everything has gone wrong may offer you the most beautiful of sunsets.
I think the key is staying open, allowing yourself the possibility of possibility. It might just be me, I am quite stubborn. I don’t give up easily on anything. But I’m learning. Sometimes the things to give up on are the things that drive you crazy or make you unhappy or seem insurmountable.
Worry really doesn’t solve anything. I know this, but still, I have the hardest time with that one.
So what to do? I wish I could say that I had the answers. Of course, I don’t. But I do know that time marches forward, and I do know that the sun always rises, and I do know that on the coldest, most frozen of mornings, on those days when the whole world seems to be giving you the cold shoulder, there are flowers lying in wait just below the surface.
Sometimes it takes a lot of tears to thaw them enough, water them enough, to allow them to grow. It takes time, and patience. It takes resiliency, and it takes tenacity. And sometimes, even then, it all still seems impossible.
But hang in there. Hold onto something, anything, that comforts you. Let time move you to a slightly different place, one minute at a time.
Breathe. Give your life a hug. Allow it to be flawed. Give yourself a hug. Allow yourself to be human. Give someone you love a hug. And while you’re at it, lean on them, just a little.
Let your heart open up just one tiny crack and see what comes pouring in, or flooding out.