The world around us is shifting. You cannot turn on the news or even walk down the street without hearing about the turmoil that is all around us. From Missouri to Russia to the Middle East, the world is in a state of unrest.
And while the rest of the world engages in battle, you’re probably already fighting one of your own–struggling to pay bills or make ends meet, battling with illness, failed relationships, or even the death of a loved one.
Are you weary of the battle?
Do you feel like you’ve already been defeated before you’ve had a chance to begin? Knocked down by internal and external factors over which you feel you have no control?
Are you fighting to find peace in a time and place where there is none?
Do you wonder if you even have the strength to go on?
In difficult times like these, we ask ourselves these significant questions, hoping that we answer in a way that is truthful and sincere–in a way that affirms our inner strength. But it’s easy to get lost in the darkness.
When it seems like there is little to nothing left to hold on to, sometimes you feel the all-consuming urge to just let go. But even in the sea of despair there is hope. And that hope, no matter how small, is large enough, bright enough, to lead you away from darkness and back into the light that will illuminate your spirit and your life.
Below you will find links to six articles, each one written by one of our very talented writers, and each one meant to inspire you in the way you need it most. I hope as you read on, you become a little less weary, feel a little less defeated, and even for just a moment, find peace.
Internal lies try to convince us that we are weak. When a storm blows through your life it’s easy to wonder if you will survive. Rest assured, you are stronger than you think.
Much like that tree, a dream fulfilled gives joy, breathes life into us and dares us to dream even more. I believe that while our dreams or goals may be delayed, our hope doesn’t have to be.
Defeat your natural inclination toward a negative outcome by thinking positively—do this often enough and you will be amazed by your positive outcomes.
We all need something in our lives that will act as a guiding light and bring inner peace and stability–something that will offer us more than that temporary fix.
When our arms are filled with far more lemons than we could ever hold, we feel stressed and overwhelmed, but with just a little manipulation, those lemons can be turned into something incredible.
This article is intended for general education purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional counseling or medical care. If you are interested in seeking professional counseling, please contact The Stone Foundation by clicking here, or by phone at 410-296-2004.
Melissa Brooks-Cuffee holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Towson University: one in Psychology, the other in English. She has sustained memberships with both the Psi Chi and Lambda Iota Tau honor fraternities, and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Melissa also volunteers with E-buddies-a program of Best Buddies International.