Have you ever heard the saying, “everyone has a story?” or, “be kind because someone may be fighting a battle we can’t see”.
Everyone has a story, or if you’re lucky enough, multiple stories. Events that happen in your life which don’t necessarily define who you are but indefinitely contribute to your character.
We hold these stories in our hearts like invisible scars. Scars we wish other’s could see and then maybe we would treat each other with just a little more kindness. The stories I’m referring to are not happy, positive, or uplifting ones but they are raw and real. They are what make us human: The death of a spouse, a miscarriage, an accident with a life-altering aftermath, divorces, losing one’s job, being homeless, poor, break-ups…unfortunately, I could continue.
I have had my fair share of character building stories in my life: a divorce, a death of a significant other, being fired, numerous relationship fails, losing my home (twice), and the latest is a traumatic accident which has left me unable to walk for a year. It was during this time I began to look inward and worked on trying to heal my grief-stricken, traumatized mind while my bones tried to heal from being broken.
I ordered the book, A Year of Positive Thinking by Cyndie Spiegel.
With the help of a therapist and positive thinking tools and inspiration
The fact of the matter is, we cannot control any of those stories, but we can learn to look at them with a more positive lens. Our minds are one of the most powerful organs in the world.
For each painful experience, I have had that many moments filled with such great joy my heart could burst! Without this balance we wouldn’t appreciate the good as much.
This post was contributed by Colleen Songer.