Many people, including myself, have ups and downs throughout life: times when they feel especially productive and times when they feel like they aren’t making much of a difference. These low periods may come during finals week, the summertime when you don’t have much going on, a rough pregnancy, you name it!
Whenever I am on a high period in my life, I gently remind myself to take it easy, and not to overwork myself. Life is much like a pendulum: the higher the highs, the lower the lows. When I start to come off of my high horse, I remember that I will always get back up.
So how do we stay hopeful through this rollercoaster called life? Christ reminded us to “draw near unto [him, and he will] draw near unto [us]”. I think that Christ is the epitome of a balanced, consistent life. This is why it is key to balance or own lives in such a way so that we don’t swing too high or low.
Drawing near unto Him is what will help us stay in the middle of the pendulum. We do this in the simple things; things that we know we can do when we are “up” and when we are “down”. These things include daily scripture study (or even just a verse), prayer, eating healthy, exercising, and so forth.
During my last pregnancy, I have been struggling with a pelvic dysfunction that hit hard at month four. I was suddenly unable to exercise (something I love) or do much of anything physical, really. At first, I was very depressed. I felt so limited and couldn’t even serve others in the ways I used to. That’s when my husband told me to continue to do the small things, and that’s all. So I read my scriptures every morning, said my prayers, and ate healthy meals. That’s about all I accomplished every day, and I began to wonder if I was valuable. After about two months of consistently doing these simple acts, I became happy again! I realized that I was growing in spirituality (and humility) more than ever and life was treating me well!
The simple Christ-like things we determine to do daily, through life’s curveballs are unique and will differ from person to person. I would challenge you to choose one thing you can do each day to help you stay stable even through the toughest of times!
I know this works. I have seen it work so many times in my life and I hope that you will give it a try!