There are times in your life when the challenges seem to never stop. It’s easy to complain and look for empathy from family and friends but the reality is that this will not solve the problems. As a dear friend of mine once told me, ” there is always someone better off than you and someone who is worse off than you. Sometimes it’s hard to be positive in the face of a multiplicity of challenges but it is better to be quiet otherwise you are exacerbating the issue.
My doctor calls me a worry wart. But I have discovered that most of my worry was for naught. There’s a great book by Dale Carnegie called ” How to stop worrying and start living ” A couple of key points from the book include living in day tight compartments which simply means taking one day at a time and not reflecting on the past or worrying about the future. Another principle is to accept the worst case scenario in any situation and work from there.
Your life is yours to live and should never be compared against someone else. We all have our moments of darkness and our moments when we shine. Maybe you’re feeling down in the dumps during the holidays and that’s ok. Accept it for what it is and don’t fight it. Let the feeling take you where it will. Sounds esoteric but this advice from my psychologist was one of the best points that helped me through my depression. It is what it is.
I have made more mistakes than the average person. And I’m ok with that statement because if you don’t make mistakes you are not making progress. Thomas Watson Jr, the founder of IBM, once said ” in order to succeed, double your failures.
And then of course the story of Abraham Lincoln