I mentioned in my last post that there would be a second part, and, here we are. But first, I have a short story to tell.
I’ve really been struggling lately with not moping about how hard the last couple months have been. I feel like, after having worked so hard and struggled through so much, I shouldn’t have to work so hard anymore. And, you all know me, I try to look for the good in everything. I haven’t really been able to do that in a while. All I’ve been seeing is bad, and my emotional state hasn’t helped much lately.
Last night I got the chance to use some of the things I’ve been struggling with lately to help a friend. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to see good, and see how God takes what seems so bad, and makes it good.
Now, moving right along here (see what I did there?).
I believe all things are used for good, as we’ve previously discussed. But, that doesn’t mean they won’t be hard, or awful, or painful. I’ve been in enough situations lately that have felt bad, that I honestly wanted to just give up. I wanted to sit in my house and do nothing but read Harry Potter all day. But, after a while, I realized that I wasn’t looking for the good. There was so much of what felt like bad that I just kind of forgot to look for the good.
Looking for the good in situations is part of how I keep going. It’s like going into a deep, dark, scary cave but knowing it’s worth it because there are butterflies and Lucky Charms on the other side. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy to go through, but isn’t knowing there’s Lucky Charms on the other side going to drive you to go anyway?
So, now that we’ve discussed how hard things are worth it, let’s discuss why we don’t completely move on. All things happen for a reason, meaning we need to use them. Not hold tightly to them, not use them to hold us back, but use them to make us stronger. We need to learn things from what we’ve done. And, let me tell ya, sometimes this kinda sucks. But it’s important. If we don’t learn from what we did before, we’ll do the same exact thing tomorrow.
These are all just some things that have helped me move on (but not completely). I hope they can help all of you the way they’ve helped me.
(Partial credit is given to my mom, because she was the one who taught me how to do all this in the first place.)