In life, we all experience different things. Every moment is never the same and not one person has the same obstacles or triumphs. All of these events connect and interlace into a unique path. This is what creates our own personal story.
There may be things happening to you right this moment that you are super confused about. That is simply…okay. We sometimes do not quite understand why things happen the way they do. We do know that life likes to interlace itself. One day when you look back, you will realize the big things in life were the small things.
Humans have a bad habit of thinking. Our brains love to have us think negatively. If we think negatively, negative things will happen to us. What if we flipped the script and changed the language we speak to ourselves with?
- Instead of saying, “This is happening to me,” we say, “This is happening for me”.
- Instead of saying, “This is making my life frustrating,” we say, “this is making my life adventurous”.
- Instead of saying, “I will never get through this,” we say, “I WILL get through this!”
By changing the dialogue, we can change the outlook on our life. By thinking of our obstacles in life as challenges, it will help decrease the stress level. It will not get rid of the stress, but it will redirect to a more positive outlook. Crazy…isn’t it? By changing a few words, we are able to go through challenges as challenges and not obstacles in our way.
There have been so many things that have happened in my life that have shaped me to become the person I am today. Many times I’ve thought those thoughts of why is this happening to me, life isn’t fair, and my life sucks. I have also looked and questioned why something was happening to me when nothing made sense.
Recently, I’ve flipped the script. I’m actively working on thinking about how every single instance is happening for a reason. I believe all the obstacles we have in life are aligning with our specific purpose that each one of us has.
I am not going to lie, the last few months have been very difficult. I have not made a blog post since July. I have several in my drafts, but they still sit there. I have ultimately experienced stress. It has gotten to the point of affecting me physically. I will experience being off balance and being spacy when I am stressed. Every day, I am learning that I need to stop and take a breath.
I believe this is happening for me because my purpose in life is to help students learn how to manage stress. The current season of life seems to be taking me in a direction of learning how to actually manage my stress. This semester in school, I am in a stress management class. And, my schedule is very flexible. I am getting to live and experience the best things in life. I am finding myself and learning to breathe.
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