What the rain reminds me of…
The rain reminds me that transformation is possible for us. That the “dirt” and “grime” in our own life can be washed away. That there are second chances and new beginnings and there’s always, always hope. No one is a hopeless cause.
I didn’t always feel this way. I used to feel like the hopeless cause. In my early 20’s my life was a tangled mess of pain that I couldn’t see a way to set straight. Health issues and major depression made living excruciating. I felt trapped in a pit of hopeless despair with no ladder of escape.
And yet here I am more than a decade later doing amazingly well. Really enjoying life. The prayers I prayed in desperation back then have more than been answered today and I am so, so grateful.
It’s not that my life is perfect now. I AM very blessed, but certainly things are not perfect. I recently walked with my family through a cancer diagnosis and I deal with managing a chronic disease along with all the other daily stresses of parenting and, well, life. Just like you!
Yet the big things in life (and even the cumulative little things), that previously would knock me flat, no longer do. So many of those bad habits and unhealthy ways of doing life have been washed away. And, wow, the grass and trees really do seem greener and the flowers really do appear brighter. And sometimes it takes a storm in life to help cleanse us, to help us finally find beauty.
Change is possible. Being happy and enjoying life is possible. Living a whole, healthy life from the inside-out is possible. If it can happen for me, it can happen for anyone!
Ten things that have helped me start new
Here’s a list of the top 10 things that helped “wash my life clean” and gave me a happy new start. I only wish I had began practicing them sooner. Don’t let them fool you. They may seem small, but I am telling you these things are happiness powerhouses!
- Supplement with Vitamin D3
- Spend time outdoors daily
- Supplement with fish oil
- Get adequate sleep (7-8 hours)
- Stop taking oral contraceptives (this one may seem odd, but for some people, like myself, taking oral birth control can have TERRIBLE physical and emotional side-effects)
- Eat healthily
- Trust God and let go
- Stop ruminating (connects beautifully with #8)
- Practice gratitude