2. the expression of opposition and disapproval
- Talk to someone – You do NOT have to go through discouragement alone. Most everyone has someone they can talk to that will remind them that while this giant of discouragement is huge and very scary, it is only temporary. This is just another chapter in your journey and you WILL make it through. We don’t want to “burden” our friends with our whiny, woe is me, sob story – but if we think about it, everyone gets discouraged. Plain and simple – everyone. Don’t try and hold it in, your body should not have to endure that kind of stress. Once you share it, you start to feel the weight of this huge giant coming off of your shoulders. Talking to a friend in person, on a message board, during instant messaging or even via email will start easing the stress of this burden. I have to tell you, I know how hard this is. I hate feeling discouraged and have a hard time going to talk to someone about it. Each time when I was finally “in a corner” and sought out a wise individual I wondered why I put it off for so long. If you can’t get to someone, email. Seriously. Email your bestest friend in the whole wide world – email me. Find someone who will seriously talk you through this.
- Count your blessings – Most of us have financial difficulties. True difficulties. But in the scope of things, we are truly blessed. We have everything we need and most of what we want. We can get our favorite coffee a the corner and have our favorite books delivered right to our door step. We are always in constant communication with anyone at any given time thanks to cell phones, instant messaging and the like. We are blessed with families that love us and friends that enjoy being around us. We are blessed with the freedom to worship in any way that we choose to (or choose not to). We are blessed with help in time of need. Food banks, Christian Ministries, Shelters, etc are established to help those that are down and out and that is a blessing. Sadly we wait until Thanksgiving to think of all the things we are thankful for. Start today – keep a journal, an online journal, a notebook and write down 3 or 4 things everyday that you are thankful for. In “The Cup of Joy” for this posting – you’ll find my “blessings” list….well, most of it. Many of the items are my “favorites”.
- GIVE – I don’t know about you, but when I’m discouraged the last thing I want to do is give. That should be a giant red flag for me because I love giving. When I feel like I hate “everything” that should be my cue to just go out and give anything I can. My time, my smile, my talents – anything. Giving to others will help to pull you out of your discouragement. Their smile and sincere thank you will lift your spirits and soon, you’ll feel the encouragement that giving brings. You’ll literally start feeling the JOY that you are giving. When you feel discouragement looming, you should start giving something everyday. Anything will help. Buy a box of ice cream sandwiches and give everyone of them away. Lots of joy for less than $3.00. Purchase some teddy bears that are on sale and take to a Nursing Home and give to the residents there. Start an “Others Box” and on every trip to the store, purchase something specifically for the box. In 4 to 6 weeks, donate it. Give it to Spreading Joy Corporation. Give to the neighborhood children. Just Give. Don’t worry about what you give and how much you give – simply start giving and you’ll find that there will not be room for discouragement.
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