Navigating Rough Spots
We all hit rough patches in our life; sometimes they are emotional, physical or both. Either way, they throw us off our game leaving us feeling uncertain and drained. We can even begin to loose faith that things can get better.
That happened for me when within a 5 year span, when I had two back surgeries, surgery to remove a life threatening tumor and an ankle fusion. Life was hard during that time, I had trouble imaging that I might be well again. Finally in desperation, I knew that it was up to me to do something, anything to improve my life. The day I walked into a small neighborhood fitness center, I was weary and pretty sure it all looked too intimidating for me to do, but I was there taking the first step. Somewhere inside me I had a glimmer of hope that just maybe I could make things better.
But this was not the first time I had hit a rough patch. Years earlier I had to make peace with my adult life from the emotional, physical and emotional abuse I suffered as a child. I could not see how things might get better than either but I just kept putting one foot in front of the other as doors opened up so I could find my path to healing.
I understand when my clients tell me that they know that things can be better but cannot see the path or know how or when it might happen. They want to know how I can be so certain that things will change for the better. My answer is always the same; healing is there for anyone who wants it. You don’t even have to believe it can happen for you, you just need to be willing to begin. When I walked into the gym I only knew I was there to begin.
I believe we are not meant to suffer physically or emotionally, yet we all suffer more than we need too. If you are finding yourself in a place where life feels hard, you feel stuck, or perhaps you need to make peace with your life, making changes in how you perceive the world and how you react to it, can make all the difference for your own well-being.
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