Wednesday, 22 January 2014

When things aren't going to plan

Sometimes, it seems like life is shitting on you from a great height, punishing you for your mistakes, and laughing at you. 'That's what you get for not thinking positive!' or so it seems. And whatever you wish to do, it seems like there is no way out, that you are half a million miles away from living the life of your dreams.

It's easy, in times like these, to feel sorry for yourself, to feel that you have it worse than everyone else, and to be green with envy at those 'lucky' people who have got their careers sorted out at a younger age than you, whilst you struggle on at a path which you know is not for you, but is not simple to get out of.

I sometimes wonder how some people do it, you know, find their way into spiritual work and inspiring others. Did the Universe open doors for them - what made them so special?

What can one do in times where there is no inspiration, where no doors are opening, where you are using the weekends to recover from the stress of the work week?

1) Know that your situation is not unique, that God has not abandoned you and does not think you are unworthy of living the life you want. The 9 to 5 work environment is insane and was never how nature intended life to be, but sometimes you need to be in your job to have your basic needs fulfilled. Hang in there.
2) Realise that this is perfectly normal. Life has natural cycles and it is impossible to be on top of the world all the time. Sometimes, what seems like a negative situation can really help to build character.
3) Keep an open heart. Maybe this is the most important thing. It's so easy to lose hope and blame your life circumstances or yourself and think that nothing will ever change. It's your attitude in the tough times that could make or break you.
4) Do as much as you can. It's important to listen to your body. I've often been finding that I cannot do as much writing or creative activities as I would like. But whenever you have the inspiration, do what inspires you - without necessarily having any outcomes in mind.
5) Let yourself loose from time to time. Dance, exercise, sing, use a punchbag .. or whatever else takes your fancy :)
6) Trust that life has a perfect plan for you. Enough said. Then be willing to work hard when the time is right to do so. That's a tough one for me ... :)

This post is fairly short and sweet. So I welcome any further insights.

Until later

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