Sunday, February 21, 2010

I Can’t Take It Anymore

Sometimes life is hard. How do you hang on when things seem hopeless? You can only tackle your problems as you would climb a mountain. If you go rock climbing and you get stuck on a ledge, you suddenly focus on the present moment. When your life is danger, you forget about the future. All your effort goes into your next step.
Then your next step. Inch by inch. Eventually you claw your way out. The same strategy works for everyday life. It is the only strategy when life gets tough. You say, “How can I stay positive when I can’t even pay the rent? How do I keep going when I’m grieving, lonely or seriously ill?” When the worst happens, you can’t worry about the rest of your life. You can’t even be worrying about the rest of the month. But you can usually handle one day at a time. And whenever 24 hours is too tough, bite off 5 minutes at a time. Tackle one problem at a time. Take a step. You get a little confidence.. Take another step, and another. Eventually you find that the worst is over. If you were to worry about:
·          Everything you need to do in the next month or,
·          Everything that could go wrong in the next year, you could go nuts! Focus on the moment.
If you were embarking on a day’s march, wouldn’t it be foolish to try to carry enough food and water for a lifetime? Is it not strange, then, that many people carry around all their worries for the next 25 years and wonder why life is so difficult? We were designed to live 24 hours at a time. No more.
In a nutshell:
All you can do is give your best effort until bedtime. Let tomorrow take care of otself.