Let your spirit speak for you.
Have you ever had someone or something break you? It could be someone close to you or maybe a near stranger. It could be unintentional or spiteful. Maybe it was one harsh event or maybe it was years of neglect or resentment. It could be a situation out of your control that feels hopeless. Regardless, I believe most of us have felt broken at one point or another. The difference among people is their spirit, their convictions, their reactions.
How do you define your spirit? Is it something you are born with? Like your foot size, you are predetermined to be a size 8? Are you taught spirit? Is it something that you pick up from your parents or a friend group?
I think spirit is courage, it’s energy, it’s passion. I think your spirit grows and changes with you as we physically and mentally grow and change. I think you can become more courageous. I think you can change your energy. And I think your passions change with life stages and experiences. I think it can be broken and repaired. I think your spirit speaks louder than any other part about you.
When you are broken, it is your spirit that will pick you up again. Allow the feelings of pain, of hurt, of overwhelm and frustration, but also allow your spirit to guide you. You are courageous and strong. You have a spirit that knows the way. Trust it. Don’t dwell on the hard but instead feel the pull of your spirit towards positive energy and people.
This week I feel broken. In a culmination of events out of my control, someone’s spite, and feelings of inadequacy, I am struggling to find my spirit though I know it is in me. And it will pull me through. Just like it has before and will again. In the meantime, I will read the following, again and again because to me, it is the epitome of the spirit prevailing…
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt