Finding the bright side again is no easy task, especially if you’ve been shrouded in darkness for a while.
But it’s there.
Rather than give you a list of steps, I’ll share a story about something I’m going through.
My wife and I found out about two weeks ago that our condo is being sold out from under us. The landlord is not a bad person–he’s actually very kind–but he’s had one heck of a year during this pandemic and he needs to sell quickly.
So now we’re forced to find a new place in a community with a .8% vacancy rate. During a pandemic.
It’s extremely stressful, and we’re both feeling worthless and overwhelmed as we struggle to find stability.
But there is a bright side.
For us, it’s in our connections.
We know we have no hope of finding an apartment in the traditional way.
So we showed our vulnerability to our connections, both personal and professional, and asked for help.
And their desire to help has given us a precious few leads that might actually work out.
That desire to help is bringing the light back in for both of us.
What I’m saying is this: when we felt we had no hope in this situation, we had to reach out to others who could help, who had access to situations that we didn’t.
There’s no rule stating that you have to be entirely responsible for bringing light back into your life.
After all, it was the wise Rumi
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.”
“What you seek is seeking you.”
Boy oh boy, what a world we mental health travelers live in. If you have a tendency to feel down, like most of us with mental health challenges do, just know that all feelings shift and change over time.
Hang in there. Stay strong. Reach out for help. Even when you don’t feel like it.
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