Life is full of challenges, and for some, utter turmoil!
Health challenges, not to mention “not enough money”, “not enough to eat”. What about “not enough support or help from anyone.”
That’s a big one.
Finding answers to today’s challenges creates confusion and frustration. Makes you wonder: Where does it end?
Just today, I walked indoors, from a cold, windy, frustrating day, I sat down, and I just broke down and cried. I looked around the empty room, searching for consolation. I could feel my heart racing, and my head was hurting.
As my eyes “searched” the room for something to “hold onto,” I noticed the old Vintage candle-holder on the table, that belonged to Mama. Then, I remembered her words, “God promised to never leave you alone.“
Those were the very words to her favorite song, and then, suddenly I found myself smiling. My face still wet with tears, I started to hum that song, “Never Alone.“
Next time, when you’re searching for peace in all the chaos around you, find something that reminds you of better days. Then, turn your eyes to The Invisible Omnipresent God to solve what you can’t seem to solve.
My cousin would come to visit every summer. Mama was a school teacher, so she was a full-time “around-the-house-person” during the summer months. That made her available to keep us busy all day, every day! When we weren’t folding laundry, or sweeping the floor, or washing dishes, windows or something “that hasn’t been washed in a year,” we were writing letters, stories or poems & songs. We’d create our own crazy, non-sense rhymes & take turns singing in front of the mirror.
When school resumed, usually the day after Labor Day, my cousin would return to her nearby, rural home, & Mama went back to work. For the first few days of school, I didn’t have homework, so Mama would say, “If you don’t have any homework, write a letter.”
By the time I got in high-school, I fell in love with the typewriter. One day, Mama bought an electric typewriter! It was an “IMB Selectric!”
Now I’m really motivated! (That’s all it took.)
I typed everything. I mastered the keys, like I enjoy the piano! I even made a little money typing for my friends…their reports, official- & cover-letters, or Resume’s.
Today, I still have that old typewriter. My granddaughter saw it, & asked, “Grandma, I see the keys, but how do you know what you’re typing?”
“What do you mean?” I asked. She said, with a baffled look, “There’s no screen.“
So many troubling events, happening in rapid-fire succession, had me stressed-out, depressed and having trouble sleeping. Trouble sleeping had me tired & tense.
Stressed, tense and tired, I’m snapping at the children, the dog, irritated by my neighbors loud music…little things seem like enormous obstacles. The anger grows with each cross word I use, and eventually grows into a headache!
Focus of the future. Look back & learn, then move on.
Years later…(guess I’m a slow learner)…I discovered the One Secret to living a stress-free lifestyle.
Sure, there will always be obstacles and disappointments and hurts and sorrows…