Thursday, December 31, 2015

When I'm not the center of the universe.

The other day I asked on Facebook "Describe your 2015 in one word."
I was shocked at the results. I expected to hear more positive things, and there were a few.
A few people said "blessed" or "productive".
But the overwhelming responses were not as glowing.

challenging. drama. exhausting. stressful. tough. messy. ugh. sad. grief. difficult. lonely. crap-tastic. sucked. gut-wrenching. disappointing. broken.

These were a few of them.

I know I had a brutal year. My year might be described in those words above.
But it became apparent to me that I'm not the only one. Imagine that, Beki. You're not the center of the universe.
I had no idea that so many other people were struggling.
Yes, life has beat me down lately. But instead of wallowing in it, I should re-shift my focus to encouraging others. Because it's clear that a lot of us need more love, support, grace, and laughter in our lives.

I would like to challenge you to do the same. Breathe life into others.
Maybe by the end of 2016 more of us will use words like accomplished. successful. laughter. joyful. glee. peace. loved. to describe our year.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think it's easy to feel alone in our struggles. The enemy wants it that way. I've found at my stage of life, with teens, that I can't go sharing my struggles on Facebook because my kids see what I post. Also, my struggles often have to do with what they are going through and I've been so careful who I have shared things with. It's not like a 2 year old struggling to potty train or stay in bed. There are things you just can't share. I spent most of morning today keeping calm as my 14 year old, who is struggling with depression, raged around the house. I kept the other kids in their rooms and just let him get his anger and hurt out. It's awful to have your child say they want to die and scream at everyone. You would never know it when you see the silly and nice pictures I post on social media but the struggle is real. I did comment on your Facebook post and said exhausting for my 2015. It's been so exhausting. I am praying for peace and rest in 2016 along with more trusted friends to talk to. Right now I only have my husband to share struggles with and he listens but since he is so close to the situations we face, it doesn't always help to talk to him.