Far too many times we try to fix things.
Is it because of the fast paced world we live in today? Where everything is analyzed and has a label?
Solutions are usually only one click away. Everyone seems to have an answer.
Rarely, do we hear the right answer: it’s okay.
It’s okay to not be okay.
Stop trying so hard.
Stop listening so much.
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It’s okay when everything isn’t perfect.
It’s okay if you are overwhelmed.
Go with it. It won’t be like this forever.
The tell-tale signs are there.
Here, in the Northeast, the vibrant greens are slowly fading. A heavy dew clings to spent flowers. And at night, there is a slight chill in the air.
Our lives are like that. We have seasons that begin and end. Seasons of calm and seasons of unrest.
What season are you in? Are you in a restful place of summer sunsets by the ocean? Or are you feeling desolate like a dreary, winter day?
Remember, seasons always end. But a new one is about to begin! Yes, even the cold winter sparkles.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, distraught, or lonely, take heart. It won’t last forever.
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Have you had the experience of feeling as if you’ve got far too many burdens to bear, far too many people to take care of, far too many things on your list to do? You just can’t possibly do it, and you get in a panic and you just want to sit down and collapse in a pile and feel sorry for yourself.
Well, I’ve felt that way a good many times in my life, and I go back over and over again to an old Saxon legend, which I’m told is carved in an old English parson somewhere by the sea. I don’t know where this is. But this is a poem which was written about that legend. The legend is “Do the next thing.” And it’s spelled in what I suppose is Saxon spelling. “D-O-E” for “do,” “the,” and then next, “N-E-X-T.” “Thing”-“T-H-Y-N-G-E.” – Elisabeth Elliot
The world is busy and complex.
It’s your choice if you want to get off at the next stop or be swept away in the current.
The simple things in life are often the most profound.
And just do the next thing.
There are days – even weeks – when it feels like you’re walking through mud.
Each step is an effort.
Life’s difficulties have you so overwhelmed that each moment feels heavy.
It will clear up soon.
But until then, it may be worth making the best of it!
It’s okay to buy yourself something to make it easier.
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