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I’ve been on such a high the past month, it has me reflecting about where my life was two years ago. I felt directionless, lost, and hopeless. I swore I would never survive that summer. Yet here I am, two years later, happier than I’ve ever been. I didn’t die.
And neither will you.
We’ve all been through it at some point in our lives. Some of us multiple times. Others, more recent. It matters little. Every time the going gets rough and it feels like God has forsaken you, you come out on the other side a bit weathered, but stronger and wiser.
If you’re in the midst of a struggle and you think you can’t go on, remember these five things.
This too shall pass.
It always does. It may not pass in the way you want, but life is full of seasons and what you’re enduring right now is one of many. Remember that nothing lasts forever, and just beyond the horizon, good times await.
Your thoughts lead your actions.
If you’re in a struggle, your mind is your greatest weapon. It can haunt you and keep you awake at night, or it can send positive vibes and happy thoughts throughout the duration of your storm.
There are blessings in the struggle.
It can be hard to see in the midst of the pain, but when the storm has calmed, the rainbow emerges. Maybe you lost a job, but found a much better one to replace it. Maybe a falling out with a friend has led to the revelation that it was a toxic relationship. Whatever is happening to you now may be the best time to evaluate your life and where you are heading. Every struggle has a blessing hidden inside. You just can’t see it yet.
Everyone has problems.
You may be tempted to compare yourself to everyone else during this time. DO NOT! You should never compare your life to others. We’ve all seen that quote that every person is fighting some kind of battle. Nobody has a perfect life, and if they do, it won’t last long. Struggles come to us all.
Count your blessings.
Even when life has gone to crap, there’s always some blessings to be found. Search for them, marinate yourself in them, and say thank you. There is always something to be thankful for. Now pick yourself up and keep going.
I don’t mean to sound presumptuous or undermine people’s hardships in this post, but if we’re honest with ourselves… There are always better things to come – even if they’re not what we want. Life does get better. I hope that anyone hurting or suffering or just having a really bad day can take these bits and help themselves through the rough patch.