Sunday, September 7, 2014

Feelin like Funky Cheese: Overcoming Discouragement

Back a while, I was feeling pretty overwhelmed. When I got home, I promptly hid out in the bathroom for some alone time. It had been a good day, productivity wise. I got a lot of work done. That day's checklist had been extensive, but was checked off like nobody's business. By my standards, I should have felt pretty darn accomplished.

Yet, I didn't feel so great. I was missing that inner peace that Master Shifu talks about in Kung Fu Panda. Later that night, as Taylor was saying our family prayer, my thoughts drifted back to my day. My mind and body were exhausted. I could physically feel the weight of the load I was carrying. Tears began flowing as I silently called for help.



This picture was actually taken while I was in my funky state. Taylor and I were out for a walk, when I noticed his hand swinging by this chain. The impression that I had been holding onto stress as my guiding rod hit me hard. I was relying on this "rod" to get me out of my funk. Instead, I was only becoming more disheartened. I needed to let it go.

I researched for help. I found this article by Val Christensen. He reminded me of three things we can control about our situations:
  1. Your attitude
  2. Accepting help from those around you (be willing to ask for help)
  3. Developing trust in God
There is much to feel discouraged about. The controversies and turmoil of the world can be so overwhelming. It hurts to see others give up trying. The feeling of being alone or inadequate can become stronger than ever. 

There is hope. This scripture from Matthew 5: 14-16 (KJV) stands out to me.
 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 
 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick;  and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 
 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,  and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Each of us must be like a lighthouse, shining our individual lights for those around us to see. To inspire them to shine as well. There would be no purpose for us to be like lighthouses if the world didn't have any darkness to repel. 



Let your light inspire others to let go of stress as their guiding rods. Help them see what a change of attitude can do. Allow yourself to be influenced by their good works as well. 

I think this is stellar advice to overcoming the times when our own lights seem to be dimming:


Man, is that ever true.
Those sweet feelings of comfort and inner peace grow even more when you get others involved. 

Personal alone time is important as well. It's totally okay to hide in the bathroom for as long as you need. Treat yourself kindly. Do things that make you feel better. In your personal time, you'll get to know yourself a little bit more. You may discover things you like and dislike. That's okay. That's what growing is all about. Figure out who you want to be, and who God needs you to be. Be patient. Serve others. Pray for help to reach your dreams, and to know what sort of potential you have. 

Because, my sweet friend, you cannot even imagine the great things that are in store for you. 

Just look for the light.

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