“Sometimes life takes you into a dark place where you feel it’s impossible to breathe. You think you’ve been buried, but don’t give up because, if truth be told, you’ve actually been planted.”Karen Gibbs
I have had several ups and downs lately. I feel like that’s everyone though – especially with the disagreeable state of the world we live in. Our personal problems are the things that give us the most grief though, even if the larger-scale issues are the most constant and impactful on our daily lives.
I will go ahead and admit that I can be a very impulsive and whimsical person. When it came to enjoying a vacation that served me well. When it comes to having discipline and making wise choices in the moment – it usually bites. So on the matter of having some downers lately here’s the list: I am flat broke at the moment (thank God I don’t have to pay rent), I’m behind of a couple of bills, I am taking a Spanish class that is NOT easy to follow because of time zone and deadline issues within the websites (did I mention it’s online?), and work has been tough sometimes because we are overwhelmed and short-staffed at least half the time ( but that’s happening everywhere). I have not been back to volunteer at Moundville in two weeks because gas is so high (and I only go once a week anyway). SO to say I’m stressed out would be accurate.
It’s not the end of the world. The first step to solving a problem is to identify it, which I have done. The first thing I’ve had to address (like the adult that I am) is my cashflow and spending habits. Did I really need to buy that $40 gallon of dog shampoo? Probably not but it smelled so good an now I won’t need any for the next 2 years. Did I need the Halloween costume? Well considering I ended up not wearing it this year (in favor of another one), again – no. Do I need to pay for three streaming services I don’t even make time to watch? Nope. I cut it down to one.
I have also decided to put in some more work at my job and applied for a promotion (which I got) and it comes with a decent pay increase. So that’s some good news. Also, that Spanish class is the only class I’m taking this semester so I just need to spend more time working ahead on my off days. (This is reading like a personal journal entry, huh?)
Why am I sharing all this??
I share all this because it is motivational to me. Instead of letting the bad stuff pile up and bury me in my sorrows, I have to get out. I put myself here, mostly, and only perseverance and patience will get me where I want to be. There are inevitable circumstances in each person’s life that slow them down or seem to stop all progress forward. Tackling one thing at a time where possible and having wisdom (and friends who have got your back) are keys to getting out of that pit.
Even with the setbacks, there is much to be thankful for and much to live for. With Thanksgiving coming in just a few short weeks, this seemed like a perfect time to reflect on what I do not lack. I have a job that I enjoy with great benefits (one of which is college tuition!), I have a place to live with my family, I have some of the best friends a person could ask for, a car that works (and a way to pay for it), a sweet dog to love on (she’s a Godsend), and I feel like a season of new opportunities is just around the corner.