Note to Self #8 – This Too Shall Pass

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Dear T,

A very Happy Belated Birthday and a Happy Belated Diwali and a Prosperous New Year! This year, your birthday coincided with Diwali which made everything everything so special and festive. It was a great day both at the office and at home and you really have so much to be thankful for. So take a moment and thank the Lord for all his kindness and blessings.

I’m sorry for missing out on my daily notes to you this week, T. What can I say? I don’t think I have all the right excuses ready for this one. I want to (wo)man up and say that I wish I had made better use of my time in planning out these posts. However, most of the time I feel like I can express myself in writing best when it’s done impulsively and when I really have something worthwhile to share that comes straight from the heart. There seems to be a mental clash between my spontaneous creativity and my need to manage time effectively. The former is winning of course, as you can see.

Moving on to this note’s purpose, sometimes you feel like all the efforts you are putting into overwriting your old thought patterns are bearing fruit and other days you feel like a big fat failure. I don’t want to go into much detail but you recently felt like you were making headway and then boom, the next day had you backtracking to right where you were even though you hadn’t stopped making the efforts.

This happened on the day of your birthday unfortunately. The day was pretty amazing and you were on top of the world but there was an underlying sense of disappointment that was dragging you down. You felt cheated out of the one day that should have been the happiest day of the year. At one point, you just wanted to give up and sleep it off but luckily as you didn’t want to start your 30th on the wrong note, you chose to learn a lesson instead of falling prey to a temporary setback.

The most important reminder that you received when almost on the verge of giving up was this is all temporary. There will be several good days and maybe an equal number of bad days. There will be trials, failures, disappointments and obstacles but it’s all going to pass eventually.

What came with this reminder was also the realization that you had the power to turn your day around. It’s not always easy and you know it, but you did manage to make the best with what you could and had a bloody good day nonetheless.

What you say to yourself is very important at this point. Your inner dialogue can be your biggest enemy or your strongest ally. This has been the hardest to change but it’s getting easier to talk to yourself as if you were your own personal cheerleader.

Life loves giving out free lemons but remember lemons are actually good for you despite their sourness. It is up to you what you make out of them.

Here’s to being thirty-licious! πŸ™‚

Much love,
Tx


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