|my 3 y.o.|
This post is about relying on a well of strength to get through life. It can be accessed by anyone. Here's how:
I study my Core Book. My Core Book is where I find right and wrong and the important truth that I am a Child of God and He is cheering for me. Your Core Book may be different than mine, but it should have truths that encourage you.
I keep a small book by my bedside labeled Gratitude. I write down the little miracles that occur everyday in my life. I believe that if I notice good things, they will keep coming and I will have the eyes to see them.
I think a pocket Hymnal is a well of strength. Rhyming words set to music can force out the darkest thoughts. I don't think listening to a CD has the same effect. It's too easy to tune out. The words of the hymns have to go through me -- so I learn them, sing them, and internalize their message.
A small mirror with the words "I love myself just the way I am" is the perfect reminder I am beautiful and that that I am loved. In a world of excessive selfishness, this is not to be flaunted narcissistically. This is something I use in my private moments of desperation.
A prayer for strength. The words escape me when I'm really struggling. If I can just read and repeat my prayer request, and maybe fill in the details.
A sense of humor takes the edge off stressful times. Inner strength is surely the flexibility to see things in more than one way.
|writing with tangibles|
Like the mirror, a couple of tangibles help me make it through the bad days. They are Lavender oil, tissues and a letter I've written to myself. I want to give you some examples of the letters. These are composed for this post and not the ones I read to myself, but they give the idea.
I believe that survival is a choice. I can either let the bad times paralyze me or I can pick up my tools and dig myself out. I know how it feels to be stuck. I'm here to say that life has a way of coming back around. I've seen the rain stop and the rainbows appear. Dream of rainbows. It's the beautiful dreamers that make beautiful things happen.