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14554179879_02b8204c65_zIn the past year, I’ve come down with the flu, a sinus infection, a bout of tinnitus, a torn ligament in my shoulder, nerve pain in my entire right arm, annnnd… a few other minor things.

But, let’s be honest, those are all minor things.

They were all temporary.

And with time, they all passed.

But I just had the hardest time getting through some of them — thinking negatively that some of the pain wouldn’t let up — ever, thinking that I’d forever be couch-bound, that I couldn’t live with tinnitus, and that I needed to be able to use my right arm.

I was pathetic.

But I’ve been reminding myself lately, as I have to do often, that each of these things are temporary — and that whatever is going to happen in the next few months or even years — whatever illnesses, ailments, sufferings and trials — will pass.

Even I will pass.

And I can’t spend any more of the little time that I do have thinking such negative thoughts. Besides, I’m not the only person suffering here anyhow. The more I open my mouth to speak about what I’m going through, the more often I hear someone respond with a, “Me too.”

Vulnerability pays off! I’ve found compassion because of it, and empathy, and community.

If you’re suffering right now, or if you’re struggling with negative thoughts, or just going through a rough time with life, I thought this piece was perfect: 10 Ways to Speak Encouraging Words to Yourself, with some help from the Bible.

Here are two that stood out to me:

This too shall pass – “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

God loves me – “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

You can read the rest here.

Be gentle with yourself.

photo credit: John Hope Photography