Dealing with Bad Situations

We all have to deal with bad situations from time to time.  However, there are several things we can do to help us through the hard times.

  1.  Remain flexible – Being overly rigid can cause the bad situation to get worse, while flexibility allows us to find solutions.
  2. Perspective – Life is not fair, how you view your situation will determine how you feel and how well you can deal with the situation.
  3. Learn from the situation – Learning from what is happening might help you avoid similar situations or at least help you resolve similar situations quickly in the future.
  4.  Ask for help – We all need help from time to time, so don’t be afraid to ask for it.

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Project Semicolon – Raising Awareness

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Project Semicolon was started to raise awareness of how mental illnesses can create havoc in a person’s life and lead to suicide or suicidal ideations.  It was designed to function as an anti-suicide initiative.

The semicolon is used in a sentence when the sentence could have ended, but the author decided to continue the sentence.  You are the author and the sentence is your life, so don’t end your sentence prematurely.

 

 

Honesty of Children

I was at the doctor’s office.  There was a woman with her young son sitting across from me in the waiting room.  The poor little fellow was not happy and he made sure everyone knew about his distress.  That got me thinking.

As adults, we often hide our pain and our true emotions.  We say we are fine, even if we are in great distress.  We are often afraid to ask for help, because we might appear to be week or needy.  We will suffer in silence, instead of asking for help.

However when children are hurting, physically or emotionally, they will seek out help.  Children will immediately look for the people that love them and express their discomfort.  Children are honest about their feelings and I admire them for that.

 

What’s Your Anchor?

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An anchor is used to hold a ship in place.  The word anchor can also refer to a person who is reliable and supportive to those around them.  Anchors keep things under control during the storm.  Anchors keep things from being lost in the abyss.

When your life is full of turmoil, what anchors are available to you?  What can you rely on to keep you from getting lost in the abyss?

Staggering to the Finish Line

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Saturday night, I participated in the “Light Up The Night 5k” charity race. Even though it was only 3 weeks after my surgery, I thought I would be fine.  I felt good that day and did well during the first mile.

However, I started getting dizzy near the 1 mile mark.  I slowed down my pace, but the dizziness just kept getting worse.

I refused to quit, so I just kept on walking.  At times, I staggered and stumbled on the road.  Moving my head or even my eyes made it worse.  Lights were also difficult and I felt like my head was spinning.

An hour had passed and I still wasn’t at the finished line.  My family was concerned, so Gwen took off in an attempt to find me.  She located me as I was turning to make the final stretch to the finish line.

I told Gwen what was going on and she offered to help.  She grabbed my hand and walked with me for the rest of the race.  I kept my head down and tried to avoid doing anything that would make me feel worse.  At times I would close my eyes and relied on Gwen to keep me from getting hurt.

We crossed the finish line and a doctor approached us.  He started to check my pulse and asked about my breathing.  I told him about my surgery and said I was just dizzy.  The doctor made sure I had a chair and hung around for a while to ensure nothing serious was going on with me.

I felt miserable that night, but I am glad I completed the race with Gwen’s help.

 

Help Me God (Matthew 7:7-11)

In Matthew 7:7-11, Jesus is still delivering the Sermon on the Mount and he tells the crowd how to petition God for help in times of struggle and how to find answers to our questions.

  1. Ask – Make your request known to God, say something to God in prayer, ask and you will receive
  2. Seek – Spend time searching for your answers or for what you need, seek and you will find
  3. Knock – Make your request known by attacking attention to your needs, knock and it will be opened

Each step requires effort on our part, but God promises to help us when we ask, seek, and knock.

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