By David Coy
Did you know that Walt Disney was fired from his first job when he was told he lacked imagination and had no good ideas? Thomas Edison was told as a youth that he was too stupid to learn anything. After one of his first performances on the Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley was told he was not going to amount to anything and that he needed to go back to driving a truck. During times of discouragement or difficulty, they did not give up nor allow their focus to be distracted. They stayed the course. We all face times in our lives when we feel beat down. When we feel life has us backed into a corner. Perhaps in your journey with grief you are feeling that way now or you have in the past. If you did feel that way, what or who helped you through the dark, difficult time in your journey? I am certain the above individuals we mentioned as examples had their support system and/or tools they used for just such an occasion as when doubt and discouragement knocking on the door of their heart.
Know yourself. If you have confidence in your abilities or skill set in a specific area that is parallel with your life goals, then discouragement will not defeat you. Remain focused on your goal. It is easy to become distracted and take side roads from our goal if we are not careful. Even people in entertainment know the value of encouragement from others. Build a support system of family and friends. Last but not least, count your blessings. Humility is a great character quality. It is dangerous to think more highly of ourselves than we ought (Romans 12:3) or compare ourselves with others (2 Corinthians 10:12). As always if we may be of service, we look forward to seeing you in grief support group this month. This is Sunrise Aftercare.