31 Things I Tell Myself When I’m Struggling

 31 Things I Tell Myself When I’m Struggling           

To my friend, who thinks no one understands…we understand.

  1. “This too shall pass.” (King Solomon)

  2. “There are bad moments. But there are no bad days.”

  3. “Beyond this mountain is another mountain.” (Haitian Proverb)

  4. “Sometimes it’s okay to be selfish.”

  5. “Somewhere, someone has endured much worse.”

  6. “Look hard enough until you find something good.”

  7. “It’s not their fault.”

  8. “Be kind.”

  9. “Slow and steady wins the race.”

  10. “Simply yourself.”

  11. “Call your parents.”

  12. “Ask for help.”

  13. “You bring the weather.”

  14. “To find yourself you may need to get lost in something.”

  15. “Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night.” (Bruce Springsteen, Thunder Road)

  16. “This will not kill you.”

  17. “______ happened to me. Now what am I going to do about it?”

  18. “Let. It. Go.”

  19. “So it goes.” (Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five)

  20. “What you value is what you’re worth.”

  21. “You’re tougher than you think you are.”

  22. “They’re counting on you.”

  23. “It does hurt to listen.”

  24. “Before you inspire others, you have to inspire yourself.”

  25. “Accept things for what they are.”

  26. “Forgive them. Forgive yourself.”

  27. “Outside validation destroys many dreams.”

  28. “You can’t do this alone.”

  29. “Zoom out.”

  30. “Overreacting is overthinking.”

  31. “I love you.”

Be well,


Forgiving Your Family and Letting Go of Childhood Pain

When we let our past pain live in the present we are defining ourselves by such pain.  Our memory empowers pain. And so we nourish pain, give it  shelter inside us. We give pain permission to grow with us.

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My 2020 resolution is to learn more about and practice more forgiveness. There is growing research that forgiveness is the key to a happier and healthy life. Check out my forgiveness journey and share with someone you think may be interested.

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