"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference."
But what if we can’t tell the difference?! What if we are shying away from the challenges that are hard because with only a little effort we give up, we don’t think we are good enough, or we are mistaken on what we thought we could do? Or do you not see things for what they really are?
Some ways you may be able to tell the difference between is that little tug on your heartstrings... Yeah, you know the one that makes you feel like you have a sense of purpose.
The one where, ALTHOUGH IT MAY NOT BE EASY, it’s giving you this “fullness?”
Are you jealous of others? Why is that? Do you yell to the lady walking down the road getting her work out on, that she needs to workout a little harder? When really you are jealous because you don’t have the strength to get your butt out there?!
You are settling for your comfort zone instead of what you really want.
You are negative and that could maybe be why others avoid you?
Do you constantly talk behind other people’s backs? Hint: You are “behind” them for a reason…
All the little things are constantly getting you down.
You are binging on unhealthy substances.
So how do we Rise UP to overcome such things?
A gratitude journal. Or list or just writing down 1 a day... 1 thing you are thankful for a day (and don't reuse the same one daily).
Volunteer at a local shelter. Can’t find anything you are grateful for? Do some good for you and the community… and put yourself in check here.
Write down little things that annoy you and counter them with positive thoughts so the next time you encounter them you handle them better.
Write down a list of potential things you cannot change that you can recognize in the future as not being able to do so (weather, death, etc)
Write down a list of potential things you could change (career, education, hobbies, financials)
Knowing that you do have the power to change how you feel towards everything but finding the courage is what becomes the challenge.