finding strength in difficult times

“Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.” 
― Christian D. LarsonYour Forces and How to Use Them

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There are moments when you will face extreme challenge.  Your emotions will be aroused to heights you have never experienced before.   What will you do when you are in that experience?

Being aware of your emotions gives you a chance to be in control of you.  Being aware of what triggers an emotion, anger, sadness, fear, grief, depression, or other negative feeling is something that is part of emotional intelligence.   Are your emotions triggered by what others do and say?   What is it that others do that set off an emotional feeling in you?  What do others say that push you off your normal center?  When do you become impatient, unyielding,  or unsupportive?

What happens when you feel those emotions rising quickly?

It takes awareness and strength to reel in those emotions before they overtake your ability to “respond”.   Reactions often set into motion words or actions that cause regret.    It might be a difficult day on the job, so challenging that in a moment of emotional stress you decide it is better to quit than to stay.   Once the emotions subside and there is time to evaluate the situation the best action may not have been quitting but understanding what triggered those emotions.

In difficult times find the strength to resist the power of negative emotions.  Process what happens when emotions are triggered and carefully evaluate them.  What could you do differently in the future?  What strength do you need to pull from to prevent going into a negative spiral?

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