Discouragement. We have all experienced this dreadful emotion at some point in our lives. It is a feeling that I, like so many others, can do without. I think we all can agree that discouragement sucks! I mean seriously, how many people do you know has come out and said, “I like to be discouraged?” Zero. Nada. None. That I can assure you.
Here recently, I was hit with a health problem that came really close to discouraging me, as a matter of fact, it almost completely discouraged me. Fear and anxiety consumed me initially and there were a few times where I wanted to cry. Oddly though, for some reason, I could not bring myself to cry. Chalk it up to my determined spirit. This is a woman who rarely cried when she was getting her tail whooped with leather belts and switches as a child! Stubborn, stubborn, stubborn!!
I guess that is what has been helping me to stay positive and motivated because the number one thing that keeps me lifted is my faith and my trust in God. I always strive to see the brighter side of things and to remain optimistic no matter the circumstances. Giving up easily does not come naturally to me. It never has and it never will. My mind and heart will not allow me to become so easily defeated because I have already overcame so much.
Whenever you get hit with something that causes you to become discouraged, it is my hope that you too will not allow discouragement to get the best of you. If you have to cry to get over it, go ahead and cry. If you feel like screaming and shouting, go ahead and do that too. There is no shame in any of it, especially if it makes you feel better.
At the end of the day, we are human and we are subject to a range of emotions, including those dreadful negative ones. The key however is to never allow those negative emotions to get the best of you or to rob you of your happiness. So keep your head up and your chin up because you are a lot stronger than what you think.
Until next time…