'At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can'. (Frida Kahlo)
Navigating the constant ebb and flow of life's change and challenges can at times feel overwhelming, threatening and very scary, especially if we feel that we are not in control of our situation and circumstances. It's at these times when we feel most insecure that we need to summon up our 'inner strength'. We need to trust that we have the power to survive the rough waves that seem to just keep rolling in and feel like a constant knock back, to keep moving forward and to once again see calm horizons. But in the midst of change, fear and uncertainty, this is easier said than done. Fighting through the waves that crash over us can be exhausting and we start to doubt our ability to 'make it through'
But, if we play back the story of our lives, it may be encouraging to see that we have 'made it through' changing and challenging times before, even though at the time it was difficult to see the light ahead. Are there lessons we can learn from our past selves? Are there strategies to consider, that we may not currently see due to the blinkers of fear and unknown? Are there other ways to survive the waves other than fighting and crashing through? And beating ourselves up for 'not being strong enough'?
When we find ourselves in a time of crashing waves, that seem to keep rolling in and thinking we cannot cope with our situation, sometimes we need to stop, be kind and compassionate to ourselves in the moment, let go of resistance and just drop down under the wave, take a break, come back to the surface and reassess from there.
Take heart that you have the inner strength, be assured and trust yourself, and remember, at the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.