We started posting the first 7 affirmations last week. For this week, here are 7 more to get us through trying times. See these as reminders or helpful nudges to help us overcome hurdles.
Take a Break
Sometimes we get too stressed about that to-do list that seems to get longer as the day goes on. Instead of thinking of that list in its entirety, break it down and focus only on one thing at a time. “Isa-isa lang, mahina ang kalaban.” This is a proverb we should all take to heart because it is excellent advice. Add short breaks throughout the day. It can be deep breathing, some helpful stretches to loosen tight muscles, or a trip to the pantry to get something healthy to drink like water. Take your mind off your list and let your mind rest.
Ask for Help
If you need help, ask for it. Don’t be shy or too proud to say anything about the fact that you need assistance. We all go through these times. It’s normal and it’s part of the human experience. Most of all, don’t expect others to be mind readers, that even without saying anything, they will drop what they’re doing to come to your rescue. For all you know they might be feeling overwhelmed themselves.
Listen to Your Heart
We make so many decisions, big and small, in our lives. When in doubt, listen to what your heart has to say. There is this story that has been going around for a while now in motivation workshops, and it goes like this.
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life:
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Have complete trust and confidence in someone or something—in your God, in your loved ones, in your community, in yourself, in the beauty of life. You can move mountains with faith. There is no such thing as an insurmountable difficulty or an implacable enemy with faith. When the world is dark, have faith and keep going, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. —Martin Luther King, Jr.”
In this world of short attention spans and instant everything, the act of ruminating is not something most people like to do. Especially not when it comes to getting to know ourselves better. There are too many distractions out there in the big world where memes cloak themselves in sequined capes, where acronyms abound to succinctly describe something, where trends shoot by at comet speed. Try to find time every day to scan your day and think about what was the most impactful for you. Ask yourself why, what it did to you, why you reacted the way you did, what gift did that person or experience bring, and how you could grow as a person. Only we have the power to make ourselves big or small.
Here and Now
Here and now. That’s the only thing we have in this life. There are philosophies, practices, and spiritual teachings that teach about awareness in the present moment. Life is energy and each of us has finite resources. So instead of thinking about regrets and what-ifs about the past, or worrying about the future, it’s best to pour our energy into the present and make the best of it, one step at a time, having faith to take that step despite not seeing the staircase.
Many people believe that there are two primal emotions in human beings, and that’s love and fear. We cannot feel both at the same time. When times are difficult, love deeper and harder. Love yourself and the people who are precious to you. Love your life, even when it’s hard. And allow them to love you back.
The Color Palette
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