Life is amazing. But life can be awful. It is full of ups and downs from the time we are born until the day we die. How we handle them is our choice and some people do it with more panache than others, pushing through the pain and not letting it consume them. When we are young, it is totally acceptable to lay down on the floor and throw a rip roaring, screaming temper tantrum, but usually it’s not too cool to do that once we are adults. There are some days I feel like taking the rip roaring approach, but I usually don’t.
By the time we grow up, we have learned how to stuff down our feelings and we just don’t allow ourselves to show how we really feel when the “downs” come along. When things are going great in our lives, we show the world how happy we are in our facial expressions, our words and actions. The thought of the next challenging life event doesn’t even enter our minds for a moment. But when things aren’t going well, it is hard to remember how happy we felt during those special and glorious times.
I am learning more about faith as I get older and about trusting the wisdom of life. I am starting to recognize that fearful thoughts are quite damaging to our souls. They are often merely illusionary thoughts, not based in reality at all. The only real and true thoughts are the ones based on the love we have in our hearts. “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but the thought about it.” – Eckhart Tolle.
Don’t believe the random thoughts that linger with you in the dark of night or at times of weakness, especially if your thoughts come from a fearful place. Instead, look for reasons to focus on what is going right in your life, be grateful and appreciate all that God has given to you. Search for ways to help strengthen your trust and faith. Be led by your hopes, dreams and aspirations, and not pushed around by your fears and doubts.
“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful, it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living…heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” – LR Knost
Life is amazing and when it is awful, I pray for strength and courage to move past the awful part. God shows us that life is amazing and breathtakingly beautiful.