Have you ever made the statement "I can't take it anymore"? Well, today it's time for some plain, simple truth. Nothing fancy, just straight from the hip, in your face, honesty. Are you ready for it? Here it is:
You are stronger than you think and it is high time you realized it!
You would be amazed at how much time I spend listening to people talk about all the things they "just can't take anymore". They think that "just one more thing" is what will push them over the edge. You would also be amazed by how upset they get when I refuse to agree with them on such thinking.
The fact is, we are able to endure much more than we realize, and when looking back, we'd be surprised at how much we already have! In most cases, however, it isn't the actual suffering that breaks us down, it is the fear we have of future pain.
Regardless of whether we are talking about physical pain, emotional suffering, or mental anguish; or whether the cause is your work, your relationships, your finances, or your health, the fact that you are thinking clear enough to say that you can't take it, shows that indeed you can. If you couldn't, you wouldn't be functional enough to say you couldn't. Does that make sense?
So, quit saying that you can't and realize that you already are, then take strength from that knowledge! Don't let the fear of what "might be" stop you from dealing with what is happening "here and now". Once you take control of your feelings, the battle is half won.
You might still be suffering but at least you'll be better prepared to deal with the actual problems that exist. You will also have the added confidence that comes from knowing you are in command of your own thoughts and emotions.
My challenge for you this week:
Take a few minutes this week to reflect on your strengths and on the following questions:
What are some of the worse things that have ever happened to you?
Think about just how bad you felt and how much pain you suffered.
Ask yourself how much of that pain and suffering was self-inflicted?
I'm willing to bet that if you're really honest with yourself, a large portion of it was caused by your own recurring negative thoughts that prevented you from seeing future positive possibilities.
If nothing else, the process of answering these questions will help you realize that you have been through the fire before. It will also help you realize that you are capable of doing it again. Only this time, it will be easier because you will have already been hardened. Like the blade of a sword, your mind and spirit have been tempered in the fire of experience and sharpened on the stone of self-awareness and now you are the one that is in control of how you respond to future challenges!