Your positive affirmation for the day: You are strong, resilient, and adaptable.
One of the classes I am taking this semester is one on writing memoirs. It has been the most cathartic class I have ever taken. Why? Because I am ‘forced’ to go back over some of the most difficult times, personal scars, and deepest regrets and somehow present them to a complete stranger – who happens to be a lovely, supportive teacher.
I really dug deep for a personal essay on my scars. I chose to talk about the ones no one can see. The emotional scars that lie deep within us. The act of writing it all out and expunging the feelings onto paper and rereading it made me a better person.
I have survived so much. Currently, I am just several short weeks away from completing a bachelor’s degree at age 36. That is a long way from the 20-year old who resigned herself to never, ever going to college. That person was a bitter, poor-me type who had trouble accepting the bad hand life had dealt.
Today, I am a person who learned to make do with a losing hand. Someone who learned creative ways to turn that losing hand into a winning fist that punches away the hard times to make way for better ones.
I am STRONG. RESILIENT. ADAPTABLE.
And so are you. Even if you don’t feel it now, let’s talk about how strong you really are.
Your Armor is Resilience
Humans are capable of withstanding some of the most trying times. It shapes who we are as a people. We rise above and continue to conquer what life throws our way. When you are caught in tough times or life is getting you down, put your armor on and be resilient. Think about everything you have to be grateful for. Change your perspective from negative thought patterns to positive ones. You may have failures, but remember what you learned from each one.
You are in Control – Be Adaptable
We have the power to change our course in life. That is a powerful lesson it took me nearly 13 years to truly grasp. The day I took control of my life was the day I handed in my keys at work and said “I am going to college to get my degree.” Here are a couple examples of how to be in control:
- You come home from work, tired and overworked. You are not happy with your job. Update your resume. Browse job postings for ones that will add fulfillment to your life. Apply to them. After 15 years in retail, I vowed to myself that any day I come home feeling unhappy with my job that is what I will do. It keeps me moving in a forward direction, rather than treading water in a depressing situation.
- If you are lacking the skill to reach your goals or just want to learn something new. Look for online classes that work around your schedule and start to learn something new in your own place. If you are feeling bored or feel like something else is missing in life, learn something new just to introduce something new to your life. That new hobby may just be your passion. My post-graduating fulfillment goal is to take a violin class. I don’t plan on being a violinist, but I find the sound of the instrument calming and beautiful.
Face Your Fears, Show your Strength
Stop ignoring the monster in your closet or the fiend under your bed. By ignoring them, we give them the power to make us feel uncomfortable and breakthrough our armor. Our deepest fears pick at all our flaws and cultivate self-doubt in our hearts. People call on their faith in the face of fear because it’s stronger than fear and self-doubt. We are made for adversity and we won’t stop it from letting us live our lives.
Say It Loud: I AM STRONG
After reading this, take a moment to reaffirm your strength and resilience. Think about what you have had to overcome and adapt to. Drop me a comment and let me hear your affirmation roar. Keep staying positive and growing your inner seed of strength.