Strength and Struggle

You’re struggling right now. You’re hurting and overwhelmed and sad and you don’t know how things are going to work out. The heaviness is big and you feel so small.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been there before though. You’ve been in situations that made you feel that way during other times of your life. You’ve sat with those big, heavy, overwhelming feelings before. You barely knew how to breathe. You didn’t know how you were going to make it.

But you did.

You eventually got through it. It wasn’t easy or fun and you certainly don’t look back on it with fond memories… exceptpossibly… to recognize that in order to survive it, you were so, so strong. You didn’t feel it at the time but it was there, or you never would have survived.

There is so much strength in you. Look at what you’ve already overcome in your life. Look at the valleys you have been in that you climbed out of. You’ve done it before… and you will do it again. You will get through this darkness and to other side. It may not feel like it now, I get that. But remind yourself that you’ve done this before. Not the exact situation, sure, but you’ve had these same awful dark feelings before and you made it out. You made it through… and things got better. Maybe even moutaintop better.

You had to push through then, and you can do the same now. You have the strength within in you to survive this storm, to put one foot in front of the other, to weather the winds and rain, and to come out even stronger and more beautiful on the other side.

Life isn’t guaranteed to be easy…. we know that. We’ve experienced it. We roll our eyes at the thought of an easy life. But what we have been through has made us into who we are today. And if you can’t see the beauty and strength in yourself right now, you have to look back and remember that you’ve done this all before… and succeeded.

You are so strong. Stronger than you can imagine. Stronger than you know.

I’m so sorry you are hurting right now. I’m so sorry you are in the heavy, dark, place. Despair. I know what it feels like. It’s hard to think of a word to explain how dark and lonely and terrible it is.

But I believe in you and I know you can get through this. It won’t be in a day… a week… or a month. These dark days never go by so fast as we’d like. But there will be an end and you will be standing there, having made it through. It will get better.

Believe in yourself. Love yourself. Take care of yourself. Make changes where and when you need to, but don’t give up. Never give up. There is always an end to the heaviness and there is always a way through the darkness. And you, of all people, you have the ability and strength to get there.

For an additional dose of encouragement, read my best friend’s blog this morning here:

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