First and foremost, I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving! I celebrated THREE over the past week plus a 4 year old's birthday party, so mine were definitely good!
Second, I came across this quote and it really hit me as truth. We go through so many ups and downs in this crazy thing called life, and I know we often think of the downs as these terrible happenings. We think, "Why me? Why is this happening to me?" But what if we looked at them and thought, "What can I learn from this?" How different would that be?
I know I've had my share of ups and downs throughout my life. And especially over the past year and a half. I felt as if I was moving two steps forward and three steps back. And I had my share of "Why me's?"
But in between the two, I had a lot of ordinary, mundane life happenings. Things that, in retrospect, were big happenings. Things that changed my life, all for the better. And yes, even the downs changed my life for the better. Sometimes things going bad, or things being taken away from you, are actually the best things to ever happen to you.
It's taken me awhile, and it's still a work in progress, but I've finally started changing my outlook to "What can I learn from this?" And there have been so many lessons I've taken away from everything I've gone through. I certainly would hope I've taken something away from it all...because I sure as heck don't ever want to go through any of it again! And let me tell you...you go through the same stuff over and over again until you learn whatever lesson you're supposed to.
I've also learned THAT the hard way too.
So remember, life is going to constantly be both beautiful and amazing, but also terrible and awful. There will be ups and there will be downs. But there will also be routine and mundane and the same old stuff, day after day.
Enjoy the amazing moments in life. Don't rush through them. Relish them. Hold on through the awful. Know that it won't last forever. And breathe through the ordinary. Don't rush through those parts either. Because they may be boring and mundane and routine, but they are a part of life.
Have an amazing day and enjoy your week! It's the last week of November! Holy cow! Can't even believe we are heading into December already.
With love and wellness (and all sorts of ups and downs!),