You know all too often, we hit periods of time where for one reason or another, we just are not happy with ourselves or with the current status of our lives. It may be circumstances with our work, maybe our career is not going the way we want to go, maybe things are not as happy as they should be in the home with strained relationships with one’s spouse or even children. Maybe you have lost sight of God in your life because of circumstance and not sure he is playing a roll in your life. It could be anything. Many of us, including me ,have come to points where we are just flat our miserable and not sure when things can get better.
When we hit these points of depression and unhappiness we often find ourselves in a more negative state. It becomes difficult to be positive and your not sure how thing can get better. Like I said, I am no different. What in the world do you do with that? How can you get yourself out that rut and move toward a point where you are happy again with life and your direction? I certainly had those questions. About 8-9 years ago, my career was at a point where I was flat miserable everyday. Nearly 4 years ago, I lost my Dad in a tragic accident and thought, what does anything matter anymore. I was in bad way mentally, even though most people would not know it.
First over the past couple of years, I chose to walk closer with God each day and that reestablished my relationship with Christ. Then I realized, no matter what they situation is, I have to make the choice to get myself out of a rut and find the happiness that helps me come alive again. I have done a lot of reading and a lot of soul searching in recent years. I’ve quoted Earl Nightingale many times especially from the “Strangest Secret” when he says, “We become what we think about.” If we set our mines on the negative we will never find the positive. We have to gear our minds to think toward the positive, to think toward the goals we want, to think toward happiness. It is all purely mental. You have to have the mental toughness to not let circumstance keep you from reaching your potential.
Going back to Earl Nightingale, he also said, “Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” We have to find what makes us happy. We cannot wait for it come falling in our laps because it won’t.
I’ve come to realize that our time that God gives us on this Earth is very precious and is gone in the blink of an eye. Don’t stand by and let it move past not make the most of the time you’re given. It can be gone in a snap. Don’t waste your time on the negative. Things will happen in life. It is a part of life. But you need to have the mental toughness to bounce back and move forward with life. Paul said in Philippians 4:8, “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” You have to fix your mind on the positive. Fix your mind on what is worthy and not where the adversary wants you to go. Fix your mind on Christ and he most definitely will guide out of the difficulties you face to freedom and happiness. You have to make that choice and not wait for it come to you.