I’ve outlined my refocusing process in three simple steps. Hopefully these three steps can help you the next time you face an anxiety-provoking moment :).
You may feel like you’re settling for a mediocre life. You may even feel completely confused about your life’s purpose. But here’s good news: the answer to finding a life of intention is already here. Step out of bed and take one little action at a time. Do what feels right for you. Your answers will reveal themselves through going forward and living. Have the courage to follow your gut, and you will live a journey of intention rather than a life on automatic pilot.
Anxiety will keep your focus on the future. Depression will keep your focus on the past. Your constant fight is for the moment. The moment is worth fighting for, and you have the strength to win every day.
Mercy and reconciliation is a homecoming. Even when you feel like you have strayed so far from home, so far from who you truly are, you can always find your way back. Home is so much closer than you believe. Through God’s mercy, you can soar back into the loving arms of your creator, where you truly belong. Once you are home, kill the fattened calf and celebrate who you are. Celebrate where your feet are now, even if there’s a chance you may stray from home again.
When we walk through the valley, when we fully accept and embrace challenges and trials in our faith, we become someone new. Our old selves held onto control for dear life. Our new selves after traveling through the valley can be still in what is. Our new selves, post-valley, can let go of the constant need to know all the answers. We can accept where our feet are and make the most out of each moment, embracing life as a gift.
Faith is a risk. Despite all our doubt and uncertainties, despite what others may say or believe, we have the choice to have faith and trust that God is out there loving us unconditionally. We have the choice to take a risk in living out this faith by acting through love every day.
There’s a difference between appropriately asking for help and trying to prove to others that you’re doing the right thing. Asking for help is necessary and important, especially as a beginner in the workplace, like me. You’re absolutely not going to know everything about your job, even after years and years of working. It’s okay to allow yourself to be in the learning process. That’s just part of being a budding professional. But remember there’s no need to prove yourself to others or even yourself. You are tougher, stronger, and more able than you believe.