10 Survival Strategies on Getting Thru Tough Times -- Like Fibro

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JLH, Oct 31, 2005.

  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Ten Survival Strategies
    From Phylameana lila Desy,
    Your Guide to Holistic Healing.

    Getting Through Times Of Adversity
    Guest article by: Linda Furiate

    If one thing is for certain, each of us will experience some form of adversity while we are still breathing on this Earth. Unfortunately, some of us will experience more than our fair share of adversity, either in the workplace or in our personal lives.

    Over the years, I feel I have been fortunate to experience unpleasant and often times, life-altering situations. Although at times I find it difficult to sustain a positive attitude while working through adverse situations, whether it be the lose of a job, a relationship breakup, looked over for a promotion or battling a major health issue, I know deep down that by working through and learning to find purpose and meaning in these situations is where I will encounter my greatest triumphs.

    I have often said we may "go through adversity", but we may not know how to "get through adversity." Each time I experience something unpleasant I ask myself "what can I learn from this situation and how has my past behavior contributed to my current state?" Instead of burying my head in the sand just waiting for time to pass, or the Universe to forget about the situation, I actively work through the adversity, which helps ease the pain and frustration.

    As I assess what I have learned and how I have grown through the years, I have shaped 10 survival strategies that have allowed me to get through the tough times. They include:

    * Patience - This could be the hardest of all to achieve although one of the first thing we must develop when faced with adversity. The key to developing patience is to know in the end everything will work out the way it is intended to. Also key to developing patience is surrendering your self to the fact that there is a time frame for everything. I like to use the analogy - that if you want to have a baby even though you (or your wife) may be pregnant you still have to wait the gestation period before the baby actually arrives.

    * Forgiveness - Forgive the other person for wronging you. By not allowing yourself to forgive you utilize a great deal of negative energy as you harbor old thoughts and feelings. Learn to forgive and use this same energy in a positive way to take back your life. While forgiving the other person make certain you forgive your self for any misgivings or shortcomings, otherwise half the negative energy still remains.

    * Acceptance - Accept the hand you were dealt - even a pair deuces can win the game.

    * Thankfulness - Be thankful for the adversity. Adversity is God's way of saying you are worthy of my teachings.

    * Detachment - We have all heard the phrase "If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you it is yours. If it doesn't, it never was." If something is meant to be a part of your life, it will materialize, so there is no need to desperately hold onto anything.

    * Understanding: Why This vs. Why Me? - I feel our first inclination when something negative happens to us we ask "why me?" Normally asking this question doesn't provide any answers other than making us feel guilty for having asked it in the first place. Really, why not you? No one is immune to pain. Simply reword the question and ask "why this?" By asking "why this" it typically leads us to understanding our past thoughts and actions that may have (karmically) contributed to our current state, allowing us to get to the root of the situation.

    * Meditation or Quiet Time - It is only in the silence can we hear God's voice. Allow for quiet time to reflect up your desires and listen closely and intently to what is happening all around you. You will find your answers in the silence.

    * Maintain a Creative Mind - Eliminate boredom otherwise it will lead you toward frustration and depression. Take up a hobby, do some writing, volunteer your time or spend time with friends and family. Any, or all of this, will make you feel good about yourself, allowing you to want to move forward.

    * Work Toward the Future - Even if you do not feel things are moving forward, work on creating the future you desire. You can plant tiny seeds by going back to school, read material that is related to your desires, commit by writing out your goals and desires or network with like-minded people. Each step you take, no matter how small moves you toward your future.

    * Trust - Let Go and let God. All we really have control over is our actions and a gut feeling (or hearts desire) of what we hope the outcome of our lives to be. The rest is up to a higher power greater than our own. Trust the Universe will provide you with exactly what you need when you need it.

    About this Contributor: Linda Furiate is a personal coach, mentor, astrologer and author. She is also the creator and host of Portraits in Determination, a cable access TV program showcasing the lives of those who have suffered adversity and have grown emotionally and spiritually as a result of their experiences.

  2. Shannonsparkles

    Shannonsparkles New Member

    I printed it out to keep. (( )) Shannon
  3. LakeErie

    LakeErie New Member

    It was a great article! Thanks for sharing.
  4. Bambi

    Bambi New Member

    I just read that somewhat upset me this was just what the doctor ordered! Thanks for posting it!
  5. JLH

    JLH New Member

    I'm glad you enjoy reading my "inspirational" posts. I try to do so "research" on fibro every now and then on the web, trying to see if there is anything new or interesting--if I find something that I think others might be interested in reading, I always try to pass it on.

    I like your name, carebear .. and you are sweet, too -- maybe that's because I named my second daughter Carrie, too!

    I named her Carrie after my grandmother, who was the sweetest, most caring, kind person in the world! And .. my daughter, Carrie, who is now a physician, turned out just like her! My Carrie has grown to be one admirable person that I am sooooo proud of.

    Carrie must be a special name--everyone that has it is a sweet, kind, "carebear"!!!!

    Much love,
  6. JLH

    JLH New Member

  7. browneyes259

    browneyes259 New Member

    Some really great advice you can work with in this article. Thanks for posting it!

  8. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

  9. dancingstar

    dancingstar New Member

    This is very lovely, jlh, thank you!
  10. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Bumping one last time to see if anyone missed this and still wants to read it!
  11. rbecca47

    rbecca47 New Member

    wonderful post, it has great advise, thankyou for posting this article.
  12. kch64

    kch64 New Member

    Thanks for the info and care.
  13. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and prayers.

    I am still not feeling well. My low back, hip, and leg pain is just about to get the best of me! Top that off with all the weakness and fatigue, and that doesn't make a very good recipe!!

    Much love,

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