For Those Days When Nothing Seems Okay
Some days you just feel blah.
Maybe you’re not feeling well, or you didn’t sleep well.
Maybe something got you down, or nobody around you could talk about anything other than the problems they’re having and all the things that aren’t going their way.
Maybe they’re struggling, and in an attempt to feel better and less alone, they unloaded all of their woes onto you.
Whatever it is, it’s okay.
There can be a million different reasons why we feel a weight on our chest.
Some days that weight is harder to carry than others.
Sometimes it feels like the whole world is caving in, and you don’t know where to turn or what to do.
No matter what you do or where you go, everything just feels like too much.
On those days, sometimes all you can do is just breathe.
Take a deep breath, sit, and be.
Take it one moment at a time; one breath at a time.
You can get through the whole day this way if you have to — just one step at a time.
And if that’s all you can do — you’ve done enough.
But, if you can manage, then try to think of one good thing that happened today.
It might be something small; it doesn’t matter.
Just think of one small thing that felt good or right about the world today.
Something kind somebody said to you or did for you. A stranger who smiled at you. A hug from someone you love. A warm cup of coffee you held in your hands.
These things may seem insignificant when everything that’s wrong feels so big and overwhelming, but I’m discovering that they’re not insignificant at all.
In fact, they’re more important than we might ever realize.
What I’ve found is that training my mind to look for the positive — even on my worst days — makes all the difference.
In our darkest moments, these little things can mean the world to us, if we can just learn to see them.
Sometimes, when you can find the first good thing, then it becomes easier to find others, too.
More start to emerge from the void, when just moments ago, you were absolutely sure there was nothing.
If you look and you can’t find anything, it’s okay.
Just breathe — and keep breathing until you can.