Have you ever felt like you had run out of hope? Where everything just irritated you? Where cranky was a constant state of mind? Yeah, me neither. But, if you had, how would you have gotten yourself out of the rut?
Some subscribe to the “It’s Better to Give than Receive” school of thought. Some say giving has its own rewards. Still others would tell me to sit down and be quiet.
But, having read about someone who had this happen to them, once, I thought it might be something that at least one other soul has dealt with.
My guess is helping someone else with a somewhat mundane task, say, stacking wood or cooking someone a meal (a new parent or someone who has a sick member of their family, for example), writing someone a note to let them know you’re thinking of them after a hard time or in advance of a surgery might benefit both parties. These are just some possible choices for helping to bring about a change in the atmosphere.
In glancing down my Facebook feed I note one of several tones: rabid fear and vitriol at the thought of our new state of affairs (coming to an Inauguration near you, this Friday), a giddy jubilation at the thought of the new regime or a blatant “la la la, I can’t hear you and refuse to comment in any way shape or form political” frame of mind.
It makes me think of a quote I read that said, “Father in heaven, please help us to remember that anything that frightens us comes with an invitation to find the strength of knowing and trusting You.”
Now isn’t that the truth? Faith doesn’t equal understanding or even agreement. It is the knowledge that God has got this.
One of the thoughts that got me through some of the more uncomfortable military situations we found ourselves in was, “Love it or loathe it, this too shall pass.”
So, how do you keep on keeping on when you just don’t feel like it (i.e. in say, January and February)?