We all get discouraged now and then, some more than others. I don’t know about you, but I just expect things to work as I plan. That’s how it’s supposed to work, right?
Just kidding, I know that the most important things that we want to accomplish in life won’t be easy… but sometimes it would just be nice to have an easy button!
I had to remind myself of this lately with the health of my family. We like to go the natural route as much as we can to keep our family healthy. You know, healthy food, essential oils, probiotics, homeopathics, and other natural remedies…
I’ve been learning a lot about being proactive lately, and was so excited to be able to proactively work on our family’s health in a more intentional way. Then my kids got sick…. They got the stomach virus TWICE! Then my brother had a sinus infection over Christmas and gave everyone these lovely colds (yeah bro, you’ll never hear the end of it JK JK).
At first I felt so discouraged – I was doing everything I could to keep my family healthy, and they were still getting sick!
Once I got over myself, I realized that it’s okay. First of all, developing health in all systems of our body doesn’t happen overnight. Second I realized that the what we were doing was working. My goal was to support my kids’ immune systems – we were doing that. There were times that we made choices that went against that goal (Christmas cookies anyone?), but over-all we were succeeding at supporting their immune systems. Yes, they still got sick, but not as bad and not for as long. I also came to the realization that sometimes, to build up and support ones immune system, they do need to get sick. By being exposed to and experiencing those germs, their bodies could create those antibodies so they didn’t get that strain of whatever sickness in the future.
And so, I was encouraged through discouragement.
We all have that choice, no matter what we’re dealing with.
We can choose to look at everything that’s going wrong and complain about what’s not working, or we can choose to see what is working. Even if something is a total failure, there is always going to be a silver lining – we just need to pause long enough to see it.