“The human capacity for hope is so strong,
that even when you’re told that there’s no hope,
somehow, you still manage to find it.”
I’ve been traveling through England, Scotland, and Spain for the past seven weeks, and it’s been both exhilarating and exhausting. I’ve also been blogging every day for the last twenty-four days for the Self-Compassion Challenge, and as you can imagine, along with travel, I’m starting to feel quite worn out.
One thing I’ve noticed about travel is that it always brings the unexpected.
At times, the unexpected weaves itself into life in a beautiful way—like today as I wandered the streets of Ronda, Spain. I walked along the cobbled streets of Spain and just allowed myself the pleasure of going wherever it felt good to go. I instinctively moved away from the busy crowd of tourists—meandering down one street and then another until I came upon a small plaza where a classical guitarist, Eugen Guennadi Novikov, was playing my favorite guitar song (Concierto de Aranjuez—Adagio).
Following my bliss, I stopped by the nearby cafe, had a glass of rose, and allowed myself to be mesmerized Eugen’s music.
It was simply breathtaking!
The unexpected can also weave darkness into our lives. Like a few days ago when I worked all day on a post, and it simply disappeared. Gone for good! Or when the wifi stopped working so it was impossible to get things done today..
Sometimes it seem everything goes wrong.
And if you’re like me, you often feel lost in these situations. You often try working even harder trying to force things to happen until you completely exhaust yourself. Or you find yourself feeling really disappointed and disenchanted because your expectations of what you could have accomplished could not be met.
If this rings true for you, you can learn a lot from today’s Self-Compassion Mentor, Lisa Marie Jenkins. She is a speaker, consultant and regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
In her article—If Not This, Then Something Better—she says:
“The disappointment we can feel when something doesn’t work out can seem overwhelming or devastating at times.”
Do you ever feel that way?
I certainly do!
Your Self-Compassion Challenge:
Lisa Marie suggests when you start feeling worn out to simply let the situation go and totally TRUST. Exclaim to yourself, “If not this, then something even better is on the way!” and completely believe this statement.
This is often harder said than done, but I tried it many times over the past few years and found her advice works!
In fact, I was having a really hard time getting this post finished. One thing after another went wrong until I was so worn out, I just gave up. Then I thought about Lisa Marie’s words and decided it was the most compassionate thing I could do.
So I simply stopped working on the post, trusted it would be done when it was done, and just before I snuggled into bed, I thought—I’ll give it another go. Finally things flowed and before I knew it, the post was complete.
Alright, sweet one. Next time you’re working really hard and nothing is happening, I hope you’ll stop the frantic rat-in-a-wheel and revisit this post. Give Lisa Marie’s advice a try and see what happens for you. You might just be surprised.
Wishing you a beautiful rest of your day—wherever you are in this lovely world.
Sending my love from Ronda,
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Featured Image: “Puente Nuevo Bridge, Ronda, Spain” by Steven Gerner on Flickr
Today’s post was written at La Boulangerie D’Irene and Café Restaurante El Campillo in Ronda, Spain.