When Challenged, Allow Appreciation In!


There are times in our life when we all get tired, discouraged or become challenged.

We may be living in the house of our dreams, working at a well paying job that we sought after, and we may have family that we love all around us.  But sometimes we let fatigue set in and take control over our lives.  We dwell on popular buzzwords like overworked, drained, annoyed and even bored.

When we permit such toxic buzzwords to settle into our conversation they also settle into our mindset.  We suddenly find ourselves backing off of those things that give us joy.  And we plant seeds around our neighbors, coworkers and family that leave an impression that we lack desire.  We infect them with our toxicity.

When we are challenged by a long day at work, plenty of chores at home, or with a child that is sick; we can allow these things to consume us.  We can allow these things to captivate us.  However, we can choose to avoid the power that exhaustion has over us and instead build on the benefit of its challenge.

We can choose to put on a new attitude.  Become determined to remain in appreciation

Let Joy In

Let Joy In

and joy.  We can recognize that we have worked so hard and have already reaped such great rewards.  We will not allow all the goodness in our lives to be overshadowed by toxic buzzwords.   Instead of complaining we could be saying, “I know it’s only a passing storm.  I’ll be sailing on calmer seas in no time!”

The way things currently are in your life is temporary.  Keep your joy and enthusiasm, even during tough times.  Develop some positive self-talk.  Speak those positive words out loud.  “I enjoy working hard.  I am contributing to society.”  “I may have my sleep disrupted, but I gain an opportunity to bond with my child when I offer him comfort in the middle of the night.”  “Keeping up with the house maintenance is a pleasure because it makes my family proud to invite new friends into our home.”

Be grateful that you have challenges.  That means that you have a life filled with hope and promise.  The way you navigate through your challenges allows your co-workers, family, neighbors and friends an opportunity to learn something about your character.  Do you want them to learn that you are a complainer and a quitter?  Or would you rather have them know that they can lean on you when they are sailing through rough seas?

Always be your best.  Always do your best.  Always think your best.  Always speak your best.   Because dear joy-seeker, you are the best!

Do you have some thoughts of your own on this topic?  Please leave your comments below.

By, Joanne Henig, President / Co-Founder / Author / #evolution