At some point in your life, you started to take things to heart. You might not remember the exact moment, but you did not bounce back as quickly from things. It could have been something that happened with your health (I understand), or perhaps just life’s stressful moments. You no longer are able to maintain the buoyancy you once had in life. In fact, there are times you feel yourself needing a life jacket and the water is only up to your knees.
How do you handle these times? One thing that actually helps me is to offer advice to others. It helps me to remember that I can make a difference in someone’s life and that they do count on me to bring them up. It might work slowly at first, like putting swimmies on in a rip current, but it’s a start. Help your friend see ways they can deal with this crisis and perhaps relate it to something you have been through yourself. This actually reminds me of a song, so I think I’ll post it:
Natalie said it best…let our words build a shelter from the storm. If you don’t have what it takes to be resilient in a situation and bounce back, talk to your friends about what is holding you back. She also says “let me know what I can mend.” I really love this song. If you find yourself needing a dose of resiliency, let me know what I can mend, and I’ll do my best.
“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.” ~Muhammad Ali