How do we pull ourselves up when everything seems to be falling apart and out of our control? How can I offer others ideas of positive possibilities when I am struggling to stay positive about my own situation? That was my question when I woke up today.
Life offers many lessons whether we want them or not. It is our choice what to do with these transformative situations. In the last two weeks I have been in a whirlwind trying to resolve an issue of pain with a tooth and resulting pain in the jaw. With no relief after several visits to the dentist I made the decision to remove the tooth that was apparently causing the pain. The tooth was extracted but unfortunately the jaw pain has intensified. Now I am seeking treatment to relax the muscles in the jaw. Needless to say I am frustrated and discouraged. I am pulling out every tool from my tool box to remain positive.
Following my daily ritual this morning of writing for 30 minutes in my grateful journal I was inspired to go and look up a book that I read 20 years ago, Man's Search for Meaning by Viktore Frankl. Dr. Frankl gives a moving account of his life and the horrors of the Nazi death camps, chronicling the harrowing experience that led to his discovery of his theory of logothearpy. This therapy stresses man's freedom to transcend suffering and find a meaning to his life regardless of his circumstances.
Now I am more confident with what I am telling others to consider doing because what I did worked for me. Once I focused on the pain that others have endured and how they eventually thrived by helping others make a positive change in their lives I redirected my thinking by focusing on what I am grateful for, read a book from my inspirational book library, took action and got relief.
Many years ago when I made the 90-day commitment to write a few things down for which I was grateful it became a daily ritual. When I find it difficult to lift myself up because of life's challenges it is helpful to read others’ success stories of moving forward. It gives me the inspiration to change my thinking.
Taking action to resolve all issues is necessary to creating change. I scheduled an appointment with a cranial sacral therapist for pain management. It was an encouraging experience that reduced the pain by 70%.