There is a saying that I’ve heard from Dave Ramsey. He says it relating to money habits. But, the saying is true in pretty much all areas of life. It is, “The bad news is that you are the problem. The good news is that you are also the solution!”
It is so easy in life to get stuck on that first sentence. Oh, I’m the problem. Then your head hangs down and you feel that rain cloud coming in. It’s like Eeyore moves in and takes over your soul for a bit. I’ve totally been there. And I don’t like that feeling. It isn’t good. It doesn’t fix anything.
In that quote, there is a big space between the period of the first sentence and the capital “T” of the second sentence. That space is for forgiveness. You realize that you are the problem. You take a pause, and you forgive yourself for being the problem. This escorts the rain clouds towards the door.
Then you move on to the second sentence, and you decide how to be the solution. This pushes the rain clouds out the door! Your plan on how to be the solution might be a work in progress, but it is a plan. You are at least moving towards a result, and a good result!
I have been overwhelming myself lately. Please tell me that someone else does this besides me! I have so many thoughts running rampant! I want to do this. I have to get this done. Ok, I’ll prioritize. And soon, I’ve prioritized enough thoughts to last me until retirement! Then the thoughts just become a big, jumbled mess of overwhelming stress that sits like a weight on my shoulders.
I was the problem. Yesterday I was feeling it. That pressing weight of stress, that I was making all by myself!!!! So I took that moment. I forgave myself for being an Energizer Bunny on steroids with my thoughts. I took a deep breath. And today, I worked on being the solution. Today I refused to over-think the next 500 plans of things. Today I slowed down. I very consciously slowed down . . repeatedly. Today I breathed a bit easier. Today I prayed for guidance, for patience, and for help to not jumble my thoughts in to a tumbleweed that drifts away!
Tonight I am thankful for a more peaceful day today. Tomorrow will be good too. Do you know how I know that? It is because I have decided to make specific efforts tomorrow to handle life differently than I did yesterday. I am the problem. I am also the solution. Life happens. We control how we react to it.