Sometimes It Feels Like We Can’t Catch a Break

Everyone has had at least one time when we’ve thought we don’t have the strength to carry on. When the pressure has mounted beyond what we felt we could handle.

Sometimes it’s when we’ve just gotten through a major obstacle or illness only to find another one waiting for us before we’ve even had a chance to catch our breath.

Sometimes we experience one loss after another, wondering when/if we will ever get a break. There are times it just doesn’t seem fair, yet this is how life works for all of us.

Thankfully when we look back on our lives, we see that we have already survived many trials and surmounted many obstacles. Sometimes we are amazed that we made it through because in each of those circumstances, we had to dig deep into our hidden reserves.

The thought that we do not have the strength to handle what is before us can be likened to the hard surface of a frozen lake. It appears to be an impenetrable fact, but when we break through it, we find that a deep well of energy and inspiration was trapped beneath that icy barrier the whole time.

Sometimes we break through by cutting a hole into our resistance with our willpower, and sometimes we melt the ice with compassion for our predicament and ourselves.

Either way, each time we break through, we reach a new understanding of the strength we store within ourselves.

When we find ourselves up against that frozen barrier it’s important to remember that our past often proves our resilience and it’s ok to reach back and gather strength from those past experiences.

We may find that the kindest choice is to love ourselves and our resistance too. We can simply accept that we are overwhelmed, exhausted, and stretched, and we can offer ourselves compassion.

If we can extend to ourselves an unconditional warmth of loving kindness; before we know it, the ice will begin to melt, and we will be right back on track.

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