It speaks to the spiritual and intellectual components that make up who we are as individuals.
Don’t be afraid to grow, to stretch yourself, to leave your comfort zone and to challenge yourself because when you do – you encourage and foster a learning environment that results in growth of mind, body and spirit.
May each day be one gifted with knowledge, wisdom and growth.
Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your day.
For the past two days I have experienced some technical difficulties with my blog that had me going through a phase of helplessness. This feeling triggered other emotions such as frustration, annoyance and anger.
Some of you may know the feeling, that sense of there’s nothing you can do to fix the problem you’re facing no matter how hard you try. That feeling you get when the people around you can’t seem to understand or fix the problem you’re going through. The feeling of helplessness can pop up at any time and at any stage in your life leaving you stressed.
In my most recent dilemma, I sought technical support from various avenues because I was not sure where the problem I was facing had originated from – talk about frustrating! At one point, I was locked out and unable to use my blog and this had me very concerned to say the least.
I was eventually reconnected and this made me happy again. I did not realise just how much this blog meant to me until the fear of possibly losing it. It is an extension of myself that I am now able to share with people all over the world and I am very grateful for it.
That feeling of helplessness that I experienced humbled me because it reminded me that I do not have control over everything no matter how hard I try. The good news is, I don’t give up easily! At various points during this period of restlessness, uncertainty and fear – I had to talk myself down emotionally.
I had to take a deep breath okay a few deep breaths 🙂 to calm my thoughts and my emotions so I could think straight and not let my emotions continue to run wild. After all, behaving like a crazy woman would not have resolved my technical issues so I had to be analytical, diplomatic and do some trouble shooting of my own until I got the results I needed.
Thankfully, it paid off but it was not easy. I had to be patient, I had to trust and rely on someone else to do their job and do it well. This experience if nothing else has reinforced for me a couple of things:
Knowledge is power – where you don’t have the answers – look for it! Seeking to understand the various aspects of my blog prior to these events made it easier for me to understand and follow the instructions given.
Patience is key and thus doing things in anger and hastiness should be avoided when possible.
Be your own emotional coach. Take deep breaths and clear your mind don’t let your negative emotions drive your actions. When no one else is around the only person you have is YOU.
Don’t focus too much on the problem –focus your efforts and energy on finding solutions.
It’s okay to not have all the answers.
It’s wise to get help.
Sitting back and doing nothing is definitely NOT the answer.
See the situation as an opportunity to learn.
It feels good to be back. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Thank you Lord for another day. Thank you for another opportunity to do better and be better. Thank you for all YOU have done, are doing and will do in our lives. Give us the strength and courage to stretch ourselves so that we can become the individuals we were meant to be. Amen!
That was my prayer for us. Many times we go through life and some of us tend to limit ourselves and our experiences because we are afraid. I know what that is like because it used to keep me stuck. Afraid of failure, afraid of the unknown, afraid of what others might say and afraid of change.
How many experiences, opportunities, potential relationships and friendships did you allow yourself to miss out on because you were afraid? Being afraid or ‘fearful’ is not all bad because this is our brain’s way of protecting us from anything or anyone it feels threatened by.
However, although the brain means well this emotion ‘fear’ can also paralyze us in moments when we need to act. It can limit us and cause us to miss out on potentially good and positive experiences because we’ve become stuck in this emotional state where we start seeing everyone and everything as a potential threat.
This type of existence hinders our learning because we would typically avoid trying new things. Learning is a part of ‘living’ and if you choose to avoid new experiences, new opportunities and new things then you deny yourself the opportunity to widen your knowledge and your experiences therefore limiting your learning.
Today I want to encourage you to put your fear aside and stretch yourself. Let’s look at some of the best case/ worse case scenarios of stretching yourself:
Try something new it could be a new food, new sport, new activity (dancing, cooking class or a defense class) anything you build up the courage to try – either you’ll like it or you won’t and that’s okay. Don’t be discouraged just try something else. This is an opportunity for you to grow and learn more about yourself. You’ll learn some likes and dislikes you didn’t know about – so go into it with an open mind.
Open up to the possibility of sharing your life with others. Maybe you’ll meet someone who will become your best friend, lover, or future spouse only time will tell. Maybe you’ll just be friends or maybe you’ll learn that not everyone that smiles with you is your friend. Either way there is an opportunity to learn something about others as well as yourself.
Change is good and is sometimes necessary for betterment to take place. It is good to change-up our routine sometimes and create new ones. This could be as simple as taking a different route to work or home; . It could even be eating whole wheat bread instead of white bread, adding a fruit and vegetables to our daily meal plan. This will help to foster greater flexibility and adaptability in your life. Change can be good for you so rather than run from it sometimes based on the potential benefits and lessons to be learnt we should embrace it.
The unknown or future is just that because no one knows what the future holds. Hiding or shutting ourselves away from others and not participating in life does not help prepare us for the future if nothing else it can put us at a disadvantage. We should choose to live, love, learn and grow each and everyday and trust that our plans will workout in our favour when that time comes.
Stretch yourself, stretch your understanding, stretch your experiences, stretch your opportunities, stretch your relationships, stretch your body, mind and spirit. With each day that goes by understand that the only thing keeping you back is YOU.
Don’t let fear limit your possibilities for growth, wisdom and understanding.