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Does anyone else feel like you are going through one trial after another? Does it seem as if when you just catch your breath, you are gut punched with a new problem? At times, these issues seem overwhelming and insurmountable, leaving you distraught, angry and hopeless. You may even find yourself slipping into self pity and doubt. These are the very times you must turn your discouragement into determination.
This week I found myself extremely discouraged and downright unhappy when a major opportunity I had my heart set on did not pan out. I became worried, flustered and inconsolable for a little while. I’m so used to things generally going just as I have planned, that it is taking a toll on me to be faced with rejection.
I know in my heart that most mean well when providing words of encouragement but once a sense of hopelessness sets in, it can be hard to shake. Your fears will be in over drive and the worrying will seem like it is never ending; that is, until you make the decision to rise above it all.
My turning point was my son, who worries about me to no end; a true Momma’s boy. He sent a text to a close friend of mine asking her to please invite me out so she could lift my spirits. When my friend texted me about what he asked of her, I knew at that moment I needed to pull myself out of my funk.
I’m always lecturing my children about avoiding a defeated attitude. My son reminded me how I’m always encouraging them to remember “this too shall pass” and helping them to see the positive in every outcome. He was curious as to why I did not practice what I preached.
I must admit this was another one of my revelations and a reminder that I must lead by example. So what if that opportunity did not pan out, that doesn’t mean to give up and lose hope. It simply means I have to keep pounding the pavement and have faith that everything will work out.
We are faced with so many challenges on a daily basis – the declining economy, health issues, marital discord, etc. During these times of trials and tribulation, I believe it is best to keep busy, remain focused and surround yourself with uplifting people who truly have your best interest at heart. It certainly helps to have an anchor or a purpose, something that keeps you grounded and motivates you to keep striving to overcome. My children and Mara Prose Publishing are my anchors, what are yours?
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Until next time, always remember “Disappointments will come and go, but discouragement is a choice that you make.” – Dr. Charles Stanley
~ Mara Prose