Out of the Ashes: Overcoming Adversity (Self-Imposed or Otherwise)

Summary: Stop and smell the roses, before you get pricked by the thorns

We all hit the proverbial wall at one time or another. Sometimes, it is because we have taken too much on. Sometimes, it is because too much has been thrown at us. In either case, remember that we are not called to be superheroes. After all, we burn out. We hit our limits. Those who insist on being strong all the time, on putting that on “knight in shining armor” act 24/7, will eventually fall, and fall hard. This is inevitable, even for the best of us.

If you find yourself over your head: Take a moment. Breathe. Meditate. Admit your humanity and weakness. Then, form a plan of attack. That attack may be: re-prioritizing your life, it might be asking for help, might just be saying “no.”

We’re so “yes” minded. We love to say “yes.” It feels good. But, if we say it enough times, especially in situations that put us at odds with our values, abilities, or resources, we will quickly find ourselves in a heap of trouble.

I highly encourage learning new skills, trying new things, and taking on new challenges. But remember to give yourself time to relax, replenish, and savor life. Otherwise, it will fly by and you will be none the wiser for it.

Life is, after all, a marathon. Not a sprint. A baton-toss, not a winner-take-all fight to the death.

So, be wise, be human, and be strong.

Blessings to you in Christ,

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