Victories can be as small as sliding out of the warm covers of my bed and putting my feet on the floor. They can even be as small as simply showing up to work or keeping plans with friends. We tend to put so much weight on our “failures”, but most days we have even more successes.
You have the power and control to live a joy-filled life. The first step in gaining that control is the practice of gratitude.
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.