Are you familiar with the paper towel brand known as Bounty? They use the slogan, “The Quicker Picker Upper”. It is often used to show how well and how much it absorbs when compared to other brands.
Are you going through life behaving like a Bounty Paper Towel? You know, absorbing everything and holding everything in. Bounty is great for cleaning up messes and a lot of other things too. However, adapting the ‘Bounty Approach’ to our everyday lives and issues is not healthy physically or mentally.
The reality is, even a sponge will spill the excess liquid when it can’t hold any more. The human mind and body is no different. So be weary of how much and what you allow yourself to endure.
Listen! You can’t control or fix everything or everyone. The only real control we have is over ourselves. So don’t suffer in silence, don’t overload and burden yourself with things you really have NO control over. See it or them for what they are and find a way forward. Talk to someone. Pray about it. Write about it. Sing about it. Find a healthy and safe way to express what you’re feeling so you can truly smile and laugh again.
The load or burden you carry would feel so much lighter.
Traffic lights save lives but only when we pay attention and obey the signs. They are there to facilitate the safe and smooth flow of traffic as well as to protect pedestrians. For most of us thered light means stop; the amber lightto slow down and the green lightto go. Unfortunately, for a few of us red, amber and green mean GO, GO FASTER and GO ALREADY! When we ignore the signs and their significance we can sometimes bring harm to ourselves and others.
This can be applied to our everyday lives as well. There are ‘seen’ and ‘unseen’ dangers out there that we can see and yet we run in with our eyes wide open because we tell ourselves we’re in control of the situation – we have our high levels of denial to thank for that. 🙂
Then there are those dangers that are not as obvious and often blind side us. This is true when it comes to our relationships with others and ourselves, our finances, our children and our health and many other areas of our lives.
You are ignoring the signs when:
You are constantly making excuses for yourself and others.
You are always trying to justify why things are the way they are.
You choose to stay in a situation that is hurting you either physically, emotionally, psychologically or spiritually.
You choose to stay silent.
You let your anger and bitterness consume you rather than treat with the issue in a healthier way.
You choose to use negative and unhealthy ways to numb yourself from the pain and pressures of life.
You ignore or down play negative behaviour.
Do nothing positive to change the negative things in your life.
You pretend bad things don’t bother you.
You don’t admit or seek help when you need it most.
If you could relate to any of these that’s a relief because it tells me I’m not alone. I have been at each of these stages at one point or another and not dealing with them never makes things better.
Ignoring the signs often results in stress, illness, conflict internally and externally, grief, resentment and maybe even death. You don’t have to accept things the way they are. Assess your each situation to determine what you have control over and what things you don’t. The things that you have control over like your actions and thoughts take action to improve whatever areas need adjustment.
The things you really have NO control over like the weather and other people’s actions and behaviour. Ask God for the strength and ability to accept it and move forward. There may be some people and situations you may have to distance yourself from, so be it. Life is too short to go around bitter and angry.
Stay blessed and remember you’re not alone and drive safely. 🙂