It isn’t hard to find something to be depressed about. Every day you read about murders, famine, nations ready to go to war, and of course, the current administration in Washington leaves a lot to be desired.
Hearing and reading about these things is depressing enough, but what about the problems you’re experiencing in your own life? You may have lost your job, have family problems, or bills that you can’t afford to pay.
Everyone experiences hard times, but there is often an opportunity for growth inside a problem, and hard times can often turn into bigger blessings.
You Lose Your Job
For instance, let’s say you lost your job. You may feel afraid, ashamed, and angry and want to avoid friends and neighbors who might ask you why you are now home during the day.
Now, you not only don’t have a job, but there is no money coming in, and the bill collectors may be hounding you day and night. Depending on where you live, jobs may be scarce, and to stay competitive, you may need to take a class or two for which you’ll have to pay.
Ask Yourself These Questions
Did you really enjoy that job? Maybe your boss was a jerk, or you were facing a sea of cranky commuters that got on your last nerve. Now, you are free to look for a job that is a better fit, and closer to home and you don’t have to leave at the crack of dawn to get there.
Why were you fired? Be honest with yourself. Did you really not understand the job requirements, and you asked for help but none was given? Once you work somewhere for a long period, you may have taken advantage of the job by taking a longer lunch or breaks, or turning in work late.
What Went Right?
On the positive side, you may have done your best work, but you were not adequately trained to do the job. Look for a job that you have the skillset for and stop taking advantage of your employer by slacking off. When you have your dream job it may not even seem like work because you enjoy it so much.
What Did You Learn?
It might not seem like it at the time, but there is always some nugget of wisdom you can learn that will help you on life’s journey. If you asked for help, pat yourself on the back for speaking up. You may have taken advantage of company time, but now you know that isn’t going to cut it, and you make a conscious effort to do better.
When you go through problems it may seem like you’re going to stay stuck forever. Do what you can to remedy the situation, but in the meantime do your best, and keep moving forward.