A great friend Dan recently joined the TAL community and sent me this:
“What I like about your blog is many people I follow on my weekly podcasts like Joel Osteen are very positive and uplifting but they sometimes fail to mention that life is hard at times and it is okay!
It’s okay to cry at times. We will get down sometimes. It will be HARD.
But if we focus on the blessings we do have it is all relative and we can be happy.”
Now those are words of wisdom from Dan…
And that’s just what was on my mind today actually.
And now…a true story from the ‘Aaron’ chronicles of about…6 weeks ago…
A ‘lazy’ Saturday morning…and I am feeling ‘off’.
Low energy, low will-power, low motivation to do…anything.
Often my immediate reaction to stress, overwhelm, or just feeling low…
…is to go eat something.
It’s an auto-urge.
I don’t always DO it.
But I almost always feel it.
(until just last month, but that’s another story)
Not sure where it comes from…but it happens like clock-work.
So I guess that’s called emotional eating?
That’s what I’ve called it.
I have felt it in varying strength throughout my life.
It’s particularly strong this sunny Saturday.
My mind knows exactly what to do: Go exercise. Move your body. You will feel better.
And my ‘other’ mind wants NOTHING to do with that.
My logic and emotions are totally opposed, duking it out up in my head, down in my heart, sucking me dry of energy.
I wander around the house nearly paralyzed with the blah.
Then I snap up and force it (attempt to anyway)…pack my bag and head out to the Rec center to go for a quick swim.
Half my mind dragging the other half out the door kicking and screaming.
I’m out the door!
Moments later I’m strolling the halls of…
What the heck am I doing in this grocery store?
Why…scouring the aisles for something super tasty to stuff in my mouth that is definitely NOT recommended by my doctor of course!
Flashbacks now ensuing of days of yore and my daily escapes from the frustration of a ‘bad sales’ run with the soothing comfort of a chocolate cake donut (or 2) and strawberry milk as I pass the donut racks.
… to be continued in the morning…
(…this doesn’t end how you think… 😉 )
You’ll see tomorrow how fast things can change though…and if you ever feel like you’re the only one out there who gets blindsided by the life sucking negativity clouds…think again.
You’re not alone.
We all deal with this stuff.
That’s why we need to support each other to rise above, so we can keep living amazingly every day and not let ourselves get sucked off into a vacuum of negativity that takes us months or years to recover from.
At some times in life it becomes a daily battle of vigilance as I know MANY of you can attest to.
For now…remember what Dan said: “if we focus on the blessings we do have it is all relative and we can be happy.”