Recently, I had a rough day. I woke up late, the house was messy, the kids were not feeling well, I was sick, and all the things were happening. I was upset and struggling! My self talk was loud telling me that I was not enough, I was failing and EVERYTHING was wrong.
Then the dog got into the garbage (this LITERALLY never happens) and I attempted to vacuum and the vacuum died. UGH! Then I noticed that the thermostat was not working. Maybe something with the internet? I was not sure.
There was no time. I had to leave my house with egg shells still on the floor, a thermostat that was working, and a load of stress following me around. I was frustrated.
Toward the end of the day, I received a call from the shelter that we rescued our dog from. She had gotten out of the backyard somehow and my neighbor had her! I ran home, frustrated, and the thoughts were running through my mind a mile a minute. How long was she out? Did I leave her out? How did the happen?
Luckily, the dog was safe. I took a moment to breath, vent it out to myself, and then try to figure out what was happening with the thermostat/vacuum. The fuse had blown! Easy solution.
What did I learn?
EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING FOR YOU! Everything is happening for me. The dog got out, which was totally frustrating. BUT it actually saved me money. Let me explain.
I was fretting at work and obsessing about needing to go purchase a new vacuum on my way home. Then I was thinking about needing to fix the thermostat. UGH! Why did I purchase a fancy new thermostat. All the thoughts were flying through my head.
Because the dog got out, I did not run out to purchase a new vacuum. It slowed me down long enough with gratitude, so I could actually think through this process.
Everything is happening for you.
So often, I find myself stuck in the victim mindset. The thoughts are swirling. When I adjust myself to think that this is happening for me NOT to me. It is happening to strengthen me, to save my money, to help direct me into the right place. He has a place and a space for me. Me – the way I was meant to be. Despite any challenge, I have been able to come out stronger. I have been given opportunities.
Be More Faithful Than Fearful
One of my phrases this year to focus on is to be more faithful than fearful. I have been given opportunities over the past year and I have pushed myself beyond my comfort zone. I have gain so much! I have learned so much and progressed as a person. I am living in the space and in the light that God has given to me in this season.
So often the anxiety get kicked up when you are so focused on outcome and everything that is going wrong. When you allow the self talk to get loud and nasty, you trap yourself. You literally place yourself in a prison. You have control over these thoughts and how long they stay. Slow down. Take a deep breath. Take a moment to really work through the challenges you are facing. Meditate, go for a run, or anything that brings you joy and helps you take your mind off the problem.
Life is full of challenges, but we are placed on this earth to do so much! We have so many things that we are good at, that we have been blessed with, but the little things, little frustrations can cause stress. Once you are in this cycle, it can be challenging to get out.
Intentional Living Tip:
Take a moment and determine 1 -5 tasks that bring you joy. They could be anything. Something small or big. These are things that can help you get re-aligned with yourself, so you can really work through any challenge.
If you have a mindset issue, work through it. Get a coach, journal, talk to a friend, or see a therapist. Work through the mindset issue, so you can become stronger. So, you can achieve anything. This challenge was given to you, so you could grow.