Today I have attended my son’s open day at his new school which I prayed so hard that he gets admission. It was fantastic experience for both of us, but I suddenly found myself zoned out and worrying about how I am going to afford all these as they told us about all these activities and special projects which are going to need money. At some point I was even starting to think maybe I should look for a cheaper school. Just like that, my thoughts started feeding my anxiety.
But having started to learn to control my thoughts recently, I snapped out of it. I thanked God that my son has made it into one of the best school which will afford him the opportunity to a quality education.
Our brains are future-oriented which tends to make our stress levels to be sky high. Majority of our worries deal with the issues of the future, what will happen tomorrow, next week, next year, etc. Have you ever realised that most of the things we worry about have no immediate solution? Because our brains are designed to prefer immediate results. Anxiety knocks on our doors when this doesn’t not happen! As Lao Tzu puts it; if you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future”
This evening I would like to encourage everyone reading this, to pause, reflect and press on. We deal with so much and do the best that we can daily. Take a moment right now to appreciate how far you have come. You don’t have to figure out the future right now, and most importantly you don’t have to live in the past. The failures, regrets and all the shame are all in the past. Appreciate the moment you are in now.
We must make conscious decision to not let our thoughts control us. I also know how difficult it is to “not feel depressed” when you are going through the worst storm of your life and that is okay. Show me a strongest person who has never encountered difficulties in their lives – I dare you. No one! Our greatest pain becomes our greatest strength.
PAUSE, REFLECT & PRESS ON
Hey there, My name is Dikeledi and I reside in Johannesburg, South Africa.