Dash of Sass: It’s Okay Not To Be Okay
Who can relate to the struggle to show yourself grace and the tendency to beat yourself up for having a bad day or an off moment? After coming out on the other side of a very challenging few months, I am finally able to see the greater purpose of seasons of struggle: Nothing makes a person more sensitive and compassionate and forgiving of the plight of others than actually stepping into that person’s experience. I like to think that’s a big reason why God came to walk amongst us in human form (Jesus)…so He could understand firsthand and relate to every bit of our humanity. The loneliness. The sadness. The temptation. The discouragement. The fear. The doubt. No matter who you are or where you are in your life – married, single, children, no children, male, female, etc – you have likely come face to face with depression or anxiety or uncertainty or hopelessness or feeling like you have no purpose or no friends or no one to love you and wondering who turned out the lights and when they would get turned back on because the darkness is scary and overwhelming and unforgiving. I just want to encourage you today, if you’re not okay…that it’s okay. You’re human. And it’s really challenging to be a human sometimes. Be gracious with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be loving to yourself. And embrace this season as just another part of the human experience…one that will not last forever and that will leave you not only stronger but able to then reach back and help pull someone else out of THEIR dark season. But most of all, know that you are NOT alone. We have all been there at some point or another. And maybe if we can be a little kinder to ourselves, and to each other…we’ll find our way back to that light switch a whole lot faster. Bottom line: You’ll be okay. Just maybe not today.