We all go through a lot. Maybe we realize that a bit more in our post-pandemic world? I know I do. How many of us have had a friend open up to us and we think to ourselves “I had no idea what they were going through?”
Probably all of us.
With mental health becoming a topic we can discuss openly, including here on the blog, I’m reminded of a comment one of the guys in my weekly bible study said recently….
“WE ALL GO THROUGH SO MUCH…AND WHEN WE CONSTANTLY WORRY ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN, AND THEN GO THROUGH IT FOR REAL, WE ACTUALLY MAKE OURSELVES SUFFER TWICE.”
Add to this that our minds frequently spin out the worst case scenario (that often does not come true) then we are really suffering on a scale that is simply not necessary.
We suffer again and again, inside our heads and outside our heads.
There aren’t any easy answers here. There isn’t a workout routine or healthy diet to follow that magically solves this dilemma (although they certainly can help.) What I’ve found is that something extra can be powerful in these moments. Something that requires trust, discipline, and an open mind. It takes several forms, and all are effective.
I’m not preaching here today. Yes, my faith has been life changing for me. Perhaps yours has been for you too? I have friends who use meditation, quiet thinking time, reflection, etc…all have served a powerful purpose. A sense of inner peace is often the outcome of integrating these practices into a daily routine.
At the very least if you are able, reach out to a friend. That has also worked for me and I’m guessing it will for you too.
How do you avoid the scourge of suffering twice?
Thanks for being here.