Everyone Has A Struggle

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Well-Off And Still Struggling

Everyone has a different story. What might be pain for one person, is a pinch for another. But we must not judge and compare our struggles with one another. The moment that we start to analyze each other’s struggles, is the moment that we start minimizing others’ pain. Everyone has a struggle that is unique to their specific situation.

It becomes a waste of your time and energy if you start to live your life by comparing your suffering with others’. The magnitude of one’s struggles is not equivalent to any other person’s. Every person is dealing with different problems and circumstances that are unique to them.

Many people are well-off and still struggling more than others. Many wealthy people are simply miserable: they often suffer from insecurities, depression, lack of purpose and even suicidal ideations. Never judge a book by its cover, and that applies to wealthy people as well. It doesn’t matter how rich one is; mental health has no boundaries.

There are many wealthy people who are born into wealth and become depressed. They will tell their psychiatrists, “I have no purpose in life. What are my skills? I don’t have any. I was just born into money and I don’t contribute anything to this world.” It’s not their fault that they were born into money, but this is an example of how wealth does not always deliver happiness.

Many peoples’ struggles have nothing to do with having a mental illness. Some are handicapped, paralyzed, are living from paycheck to paycheck, dealing with a nasty divorce or even family deaths. Mental health almost always ties in to some extent, but do not think that everyone who is struggling has a mental illness.

What matters most is to not judge others! You never know what someone is going through, until they tell you themselves. One area in which we can all improve in is to listen more effectively and to care more about others; this is often underperformed.

One of the ways that this world will unite and effectively tackle mental health problems, is by careful listening to each others struggles. It’s not all about you! When we practice empathy, we practice caring and become more understanding of each other’s struggles. Regardless of what is happening in the world, you can always make a difference by taking the lead and demonstrating love and care for your neighbor.

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Learning How To Believe

Black woman looking up and believing while holding hand on chin

The Difficulties In Believing

Believing in something can get quite frustrating at times, especially when you expect to see results and you don’t. Even believing in yourself can get disappointing from time to time; you start to wonder if you are just make-believing! Maybe what is happening is that you don’t know how to believe correctly, or how to handle your beliefs.

Believing in something or in yourself should not be something difficult to do. It’s just a matter of adopting a thought and “believing” with all your might in the content beyond that thought. And the belief should not have to be forced. If you are forcing yourself to adopt a belief, then you are trying too hard!

There’s a difference between positive affirmations and beliefs. Positive affirmations seem artificial, because you are telling yourself “I am” commands that may make you feel guilty for “lying” to yourself. However, with enough practice, the commands won’t make you feel guilty; but they still may appear artificial.

Beliefs aren’t like positive affirmations at all. Beliefs feel real and innate; they are part of who you are. It feels good and natural to believe in something. But where people go astray is when they lose their beliefs, out of lack of the results which they expected to see. When this happens, other things begin to crumble as well in their life.

You have room to ditch positive affirmations due to their artificial nature, but you don’t have room to ditch your beliefs; especially, if they’re beliefs that are helping you or will help you in the near or distant future. It may be difficult to maintain your beliefs at times, but just remember that it’s normal to experience difficulties in life.

Therefore, do not allow the difficulties of life to bring upon you difficulties in believing. Your beliefs provide you hope, desire, confidence and strength! When you start to lose your beliefs, you can only imagine what will happen to the rest of you; you’ll start to fall apart.

Keep believing and one day you’ll be rewarded!

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