Hello friends! I hope you have found some good in your day so far.

I know normally I post things that tend to be uplifting and try to stay encouraging. And that generally is my focus. But the truth is that although we should do our best to find that silver lining, sometimes you just have to feel it. Feel the frustration. Feel the anger, the hurt the disappointment, the negative. It’s ok to feel scared or hurt. We don’t like it, but it’s what makes us human.

Life is rough and sometimes we just have to get through those times to be able to find or do better. It’s never a good idea to just sweep the pain under the rug and put on a happy face. Yes, there are times when we have to do that in the moment but it’s not something we should try and do long term. The real feelings will come out and the longer we try to squash them, often times the stronger they become. Like a pressure cooker.

We need to let the negative cause us to strive harder to make the changes that we need to make in order to live our best life.

Allow it to polish and create a more refined you. Learn to enjoy the contrast and let the bad times help you to savor the good times and always know there is better on the other side.

Let it strengthen you and help you grow into the person you should be. After all, emotional strength is built much like physical strength…it’ll never happen without a little struggle and some pain.

Take a step forward with courage as you grow to use that strength and experience to help others.

Spread kindness and help others do better. We only have this one small, short life. We’re in it together so let’s make it better and take care of one another.