I imagine our lives as elastic bands, stretching us to our limits at times, only to return to our original shapes. Elastic bands can stretch longer than we can imagine upon first looking at them. As humans, we can do the same. We can endure hardships, and experiences that make us grow, but we return to our original shape with the knowledge of what we’ve learned. Of course, one could remind me that when stretched beyond limitation, elastic bands snap and break as can happen with the human psyche. That’s true.
So what’s my point? You know what it is!
Stretch out beyond your comfort zone today. Just a wee bit if you can’t do more than that! Expand your horizons, try a different food, smile at a stranger, pass along a kindness, pick up litter, write a note to a friend, stop at a local market, take the long way home to see the scenery, take a walk, read a book – do something out of the ordinary today that makes you feel good! Bring happiness to your life by doing something different!
Stretch your mind today! Stretch your body! Stretch the elasticity in your life! Let’s see what happens when we get out of our comfort zones a bit!
Normally, I think of a toolbox as a place to find something to help me fix whatever needs fixing. It’s a tool, a hammer, a screwdriver or something of that nature that will fix whatever is broken. Not that I’m really good at that type of labor or fixing, but that’s what I think of when someone mentions toolbox…until now.
Because I’ve been trying to understand why I’ve been experiencing such turbulence in my life these days. Simply put, things just haven’t been easy. But I’ve been using my experiences to gain strength for sure even though I’m sometimes feeling pretty weak. Since I can only understand me, I figure that each experience, each time I have to go out of my comfort zone and each time I have to ‘fix’ something in my life or help someone else with theirs, I am adding tools to my life toolbox. Later, I can simply reach into my life toolbox and pull out a memory of an experience in order to help them or me fix whatever is in front of us at the moment. Does this make sense to you?
Using each experience as a tool in my toolbox of life in order to help myself and others.
So today when you’re tempted to wonder, “why me?” take heart knowing that you are filling your toolbox with another experience that will help you and others down the road.