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7 Reminders For Those Dim Days When You Lose Your Way

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Some reflections I had while writing the post, “Why Not From Beautiful, to Still Beautiful?”. I’m not here to dispense advice, because god knows I’m struggling to get my own life in order! But I just wanted to scribble these thoughts down as guideposts, for those dim days when I lose my way:

1. There is No Need to Prove Anything to Anyone

Not even to yourself. It only leads to a more confused you, and hinders rather than promotes growth. What you must do is to focus on making the best out of the present moment. If you can learn to appreciate whatever it is that you’re doing, the results will be a consequence of that action. There is no need to worry.

“And now you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” – John Steinbeck

2. You Are Worth Your Existence Just as You Are

No matter your state of health or wealth. No one has any right to tell you that you’re less of a human being than they are; we are all made of the same stuff, share this planet as home, and will return to dust together.

3. You Are Just as Human as Anyone Else

Having said that, neither should you ever believe that you are more of a human being than anyone else, based solely on your material possessions, or standing in our volatile society. These are the sort of achievements that can go up in smoke overnight. If it comes to that, what are you, then?

4. Abandon the Heavy Baggage of Ego

Abandon the cruel expectations from the slave drivers, Should and Should Not. They will always be there as gatekeepers of our morals, but they also have huge egos. Sometimes they overstep their boundaries, and cause more harm than good. Do not let them manipulate you, and sap you of your humanity. Travel light to reach the expanse of knowledge, and leave lots of room to acquire the jewels of joy you will find along the way.

5. Focus on Building a Strong Core of Being

One that external forces and petty opinions have no dominion over. Of course it will chip and crumble at times, but because of who you are, you have the infinite ability to rebuild. So keep moving forward, to the perfect rhythm that your body sets. Follow its pace, or you will not go far. You are bound to get blisters along the way, some of us more than others. They will cause permanent scars. These scars are gems of wisdom in the flesh, and wisdom is sacred. It has the power to make or break worlds, and you have earned the right to hold some of this fire. But be careful, for this fire will burn you alive if you think you are its master, and try to force it upon someone else.

6. Befriend Yourself, You Will be Pleasantly Surprised

There will be many surprises when you start getting to know yourself better. You will be impressed with your abilities and unlock hidden potential. Heck, you might even start to like yourself, and all the traits that you thought you wanted nothing to do with!

7. Break Down That Wall Around Your Heart

I still have no answer to the question, ‘who am I?’, except that I am human. We are unyielding, vulnerable and changeable all at once. I suppose we’ll have to live out our lives to find out the answer. To keep listening and tuning that musical resonance deep within our beings. It might take a bit of work breaking down the icy fortresses we’ve built around our hearts, in a foolish attempt to protect that which needs no protecting.

“Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.” – Marva Collins

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Nothing in this article should be taken as medical advice. Always be sure to check with your doctor before you start on any new treatment or protocol, whatever that may be.

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  • your points are inspiring. Great set of advice!

  • Such an encouraging post! It made me chuckle when you said “god knows I’m struggling to get my own life in order” because I feel the same, an uphill battle… You’ve given some wonderful suggestions and made great points, and I agree that befriending yourself can be very surprising. Who knows, maybe if we learned to like ourselves more we could take on the world! 🙂

    • Hi Caz, haha yea…I just felt a little embarrassed to be seen as giving advice, when I fail on so many of these fronts again and again…so they’re really just reminders to self 😉 And yes! I also think this comes with age, where you learn to accept yourself a little more and to actually be comfortable in your own skin 🙂

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  • You are an inspiration, and the things you share help me understand my patients better, but also are inspiring to me personally. You are brave and strong and have hope even within the dismal days. I loved what you said in another post that just because one day feels futile and wasted, that doesn’t mean life is wasted. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

    • Hi Ashley, thank you so much for your own inspiring words 😉 I’m not even sure anybody reads these posts or if they’re helpful, so any constructive feedback is greatly appreciated 🙂 And yes, that is exactly my aim. I don’t just want to reach out to others who are ill, but also to the average person out there. I feel that that is the best way to connect, when we realise that we’re all the same at the end of it all.

      Wishing you a wonderful week ahead, and thank you for being a practitioner who truly cares about your patients. We need you around!

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