Thursday, October 25, 2012

Working Out

Life is Manageable

 Affirmations for Control and Confidence

Nope, not this kind of working out-
Today when I talk about working out I don't mean busting your butt at the gym, or powering through a long distance run, I mean having faith that things in your life will work out. (This is the only working out I am involved in considering I haven't put on running sneakers or gym clothes in over a year.) Recently things have seemed to be going my way and my life finally feels manageable. Over the past month it was constantly getting sick or having emotional meltdowns and subsequently missed a lot of class and got very behind on my work in one class specifically. I was stressed out about being able to complete the work and anxious that my grade would suffer due to my absences and late assignments. But thankfully someone or something was watching over me and I was blessed with a teacher who completely understood what I was going through. She granted me extensions on my assignments and told me not to be concerned about my absences. She expressed that she had been a similar situation herself and did not want to do anything to make it worse for me. I was given the time to complete the work to a standard that I was proud of and I was thankful for both the extension as well as this teacher who helped me by expressing a sense of understanding and compassion. When I returned from break I found myself behind again in the same class. Because I had been able to put off my earlier assignments and turn them in it a later date my progress on the work due this week was not up to speed. Luckily I caught another break but this time it was not unique to me. This same teacher had offered an extension to the entire class because we were all behind and feeling unable to turn it on the previously assigned date. Without asking for special treatment again the situation seemed to work itself out. Because of these two extensions I am beginning to feel that my life is manageable and I finally have a handle on my assignments and feel able to complete them. When I was sick and saw myself getting behind I felt overwhelmed and as if I would never be able to catch. This morning I am feeling thankful that life appears to be working out for me at the moment. And I feel in control regarding not just school work but many other elements of my life: family relations, mental well-being, creating "me time," and my social life, as well as work and school. Today I want to provide us with two affirmations that work together to instill us with a sense of control and confidence-

I am in control of the way I approach and handle my life.

I am completely confident in my ability to manage whatever situation comes my way.

I know it can be difficult to focus on two affirmations at once but I thought it was necessary this morning in order to fully encompass the themes that this entry touches upon. If you are having difficulty focusing on both choose just one for today. Or try combining them into a single affirmation that best applies to you and your life. For example:

I am confident that I can control the way I approach and manage situations in my life.

We will be ok !
I am hoping that by using and embodying these affirmations that we can recognize that our lives are manageable, we have the power to decide how we look at our lives, we are in control of the way we handle situations and tasks, and things will work out. We will be ok! I was lucky enough to have another person in my life help me by providing assignment extensions and comfort during a time when I was unable to perform at my usual level. She was the factor in my life that allowed things to work out. Although this compassionate teacher is most definitely an exception and not the rule my interaction with her did reassure me that kind, understanding people are out there. Her flexibility and willingness to accommodate me renewed my faith in the belief that things in life will work out if we take action and express our needs. We don't have control over whether or not things will work out for us but if we reach out and explain our situations people will be more willing to help us creates lives that are manageable for us. Because I was proactive and took control of the seemingly unmanageable situation by telling my teacher about my struggles this semester, both with illness as well as my eating disorder, she was able to respond and offer guidance. We have control over how we deal with problems and events in our life. If we use this control and act accordingly things are more likely to work out for us and consequently we can be confident in know that life is manageable.

Use your control and confidence to better manage your life,

The PERFECT quote to accompany this entry-

We Can Work It Out, The Beatles


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