When you struggle with something (physical or mental illness), a relationship break-up, death of a family member or loved one, loss of job, and any number of other life’s challenges, they are often all consuming. They take away from every other aspect in life.
As I have learned from my many struggles, there came a point in time when I just simply got tired of the struggle. I wanted to focus my energy on the bouncing back part. I wanted to lift my head up and shout, “I won’t be a victim any longer!”
But…all that is easier said than done. For every book or article I have read, there is nothing that replaces the “doing” part. There is a shift in the mind that has to take place, almost like manually shifting the gears in a car. It takes a conscious effort. A fierce determination to overcome the challenges and not stay in a self-pity mode, even when it may be justifiable.
I believe everyone is recovering from something. And no matter what are circumstances may be, we all have things we struggle with and need to overcome. Every battle is important if it’s your battle to fight.
There are several things I have found necessary in overcoming my many challenges. I want to share those things with you in a series of blogs.
The most important aspect of my recovery journey has been the willingness to pick my head up and look around. What the heck does that mean? Searching for perspective. Not so I could compare my journey to others, more so because I wanted to allow myself to be inspired.
Inspiration is a heart matter. Have you ever noticed that when you’re hurt the emotions either keep spilling out or you turn them all off? I always have a tendency to turn them off. To numb myself of pain. But allowing myself to seek inspiration opened my heart to feelings. And those feelings, those wounds-could now be healed because I allowed myself to take off the bandage and look at it.
It turns out that seeking perspective takes a great deal of courage. When all I wanted to do was focus on all the ways I was cheated by bipolar disorder, I had forgotten all the ways my talents and gifts had given me a world of opportunity. I spent way to much time focusing on what I had lost and not enough time on what I had gained. It all was a matter of perspective.
So, if your challenges seem too great to bear, your losses are mounding up, don’t be afraid to pick up your head, look around and find one thing that inspires you. And then, watch what happens when you focus on it.
But it’s not going to be a one time deal. At least it wasn’t for me. I would lift my head up, be inspired and then retreat back to the safety of my misery. Because my misery had become comfortable. Being inspired was outside of my comfort zone. My heart didn’t want to participate any longer.
This is when determination comes into play. Of course I wanted a quick fix for healing my mind, body and spirit. But that didn’t exists. Little wins added up to big victories and soon I was well on my way to gaining perspective and living an inspired life.
Whatever your challenge. Keep fighting. Don’t give up. Pick your head up and find perspective. Inspiration is within your grasp. Perspective starts by lifting your head up.