It has been almost a year since I have written here. The last I wrote, it was about thinking positive and making the best of every situation and about how hard life is. As the year went on my family and I learned just how hard and unfair life can be. I have tried my best to stay positive, be supportive, and keep my chin up even the midst of all of the tragedy and heartache of the year. I have learned that I am a strong person. Stronger than I ever knew that I could be.
Staying positive doesn’t mean that you are always happy or that you don’t have negative moments. It means you look for the silver lining, you keep looking forward, you set goals, you focus…….
These things are not easy to do when many days are spent just trying to get through the day or helping your family get through the day. People will often say “one day at a time, ” “day by day,” or “tomorrow is another day”…..I too say these things to myself, pretty much on a daily basis and I think …..How are you suppose to look forward, set goals, and focus when the days seems long and the nights are longer? There are good days, days that seem shorter, days that all seems right, days that are not so bleak. Its on those days when I think about my goals, my future, my focus….and I remember that better days are ahead as long as we keep a positive outlook and remember to SMILE. Its that “looking forward” part that sometimes gets us stuck. It’s okay, you won’t be stuck forever if you look for the silver lining, set goals, SMILE, and focus, focus, focus! Remember this is a journey and your new set of lenses will help you to see more clearly – bringing life, your journey, into focus.
A few of my favorite quotes and sayings:
My main focus is to stay focused
Focus on where you want to be, not where you were, or where you are.
When you focus on problems, you’ll have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you’ll have more opportunities.
Being STRONG. What does that mean? How do we get strong? How do we stay strong?
Strong is a powerful word. It means that you are able to hold up to all of the trials and obstacles that are thrown at you. It means that no matter what you keep going, for yourself, for your family. It means you focus on the good and the next step. It means you are capable and relentless and you keep moving. You stay POSITIVE!
It is said that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. He knows how strong we are and what we can handle. It’s not a question of how do we get strong. It is a question of how to we find our hidden strength. It’s already there or God wouldn’t have allowed your plate to get piled so high or your bowl to be running over. Finding your strength is HARD!, but its there~ dig deep, breath, and find that SMILE 🙂
Finding that hidden strength is certainly hard, but staying strong can be even harder. This all leads back to the fear of the unknown. How can we be strong and stay positive when we don’t know what is coming down the pike? We can be strong for a day but the next we feel week. Sometimes it doesn’t feel fair that we need to be the strong one all of the time. This is okay. There will be days that seem easier than others. On the harder days it’s okay to cry, take a nap, or binge watch your favorite show on netflix. Lean on your family and friends to help support you. You will be okay. The struggles are real and hard, but you are strong and resilient.
THINGS MAY NOT GO THE WAY YOU PLANNED, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU LOSE HOPE.
STAY POSITIVE AND STAY FOCUSED
……and always remember to SMILE 🙂