Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Remedy for Setbacks

I've suffered some setbacks this week.  That's not entirely true; I haven't suffered.  I have experienced some setbacks this week.  The setbacks aren't anything really major or life altering, just frustrating.

This morning I didn't spring up out of bed immediately, I sat up comfortably, enjoying the warmth of the sun streaming through my windows and thinking about the plan of action for today.  I vowed that the frustrating setbacks would not plague my thoughts today but every once in a while I noticed them creeping up on me, reminding me that in some areas I am starting completely over, and that I am and will remain tired for quite a while trying to get everything back in place.  It is what it is, though, so I charge ahead and take one step at a time: one day, one hour, sometimes one tiny moment, at a time.

I read the following quote a few minutes ago and it validated that starting over isn't the worst thing.  It's better than giving up! Maybe starting over will give me a better long-term result.

"Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe

That really sums up all situations, even if setbacks aren't being experienced.  We have to begin, or begin again, from somewhere so instead of focusing on where I should be, what I should have in my arsenal, or what I would have been able to do IF. . .I can find some peace in the fact that today, THIS is where I'm at. I have the tools to get past this point and I have an amazing amount of past experience to know that I can do anything I set my mind to, even if it requires sleep deprivation in the beginning!

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