We all have those days. The days when nothing goes right, everything seems to be out of your control and completely falling apart. It’s one thing after another…after another and another.
Well I’m having one of those days. Except it’s been going strong for most of the week.
Now, I’m generally not much of complainer. I’m a firm believer that it’s best to “grin and bare it” and “soldier on” when times are tricky and trying. When the going gets tough, I say “be tough and get going,” and “obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal!”
And yet sometimes it’s just unavoidable that despite all best laid plans and good intentions, we find ourselves running against the wind. And wouldn’t you know it, we are also running on empty. Because of course.
This week started with an air travel experience that tested my patience as well as my parenting. I passed. But not without some wear and tear…Then there was the little issue with unintentionally setting off the house alarm at our air bnb rental. Super fun! And I can’t forget to mention the vertigo incident I had during lunch. Think head spins turned up to 11– but without the good ole alcohol and irresponsible behavior.
But as I said, my intention is not to complain. In fact, I can turn each of those experiences (along with all the other bumps in the proverbial road) into positives. The airline gave me a credit without me even asking for one. The police officer was understanding and the neighbor kindly helped me disarm the alarm. And my family was with me (when the world got tilted) and was able to keep a watchful eye on my daughter so I could concentrate on centering myself.
In truth, it is inevitable that we will face challenging days, weeks…even years! We may feel too tired or too insecure; we may feel like giving up and throwing in the towel; we may feel frustrated or overwhelmed with fear. Acknowledging these feelings is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength. Maya Angelou once said, “face the defeat, just don’t be defeated.” As Dori said in Finding Nemo, “Just keep swimming.”
I have run against the wind many times. I trust that at some point the weather will change. The wind can whip right through me, making me feel cold and small and uncertain. And then…suddenly it’s my biggest booster, at my back, and I’m basking in the sun, confidently cruising and filled with certainty. I know the important thing is to stay focused and keep moving in the right direction.
At the end of the day (or week as the case may be!), I take solace knowing I’m still running…