I've had my fair share of ups and downs and for a while it was all about survival. Doing whatever it took to get through business school, heal from a crazy accident, find a job, pay the rent. Someone once asked me if measuring parking lots in the middle of winter was my rock bottom. While it was definitely cold, sad, wet, hard and lonely out counting curb lengths, I responded, "No."
I didn't ever have a rock bottom because I always had hope. Hope that things would work out and faith that somehow I could get through kept me from feeling entirely alone.
Whatever faith you practice, whatever rituals anchor you, whatever you believe in and even if you have not yet found a way to feel connected to something greater, reflection on what's good in this world and why you are good for this world should be part of your daily life. I know, it may sound crazy, but you deserve to succeed.
This year at St. Monica's we are reflecting on love in all its generosity, hope, kindness and unexpected iterations. In my college sorority we read First Corinthians, that all too common wedding reading, about love. I don't think I ever broke it down to understand its meaning until now.
Whether single or coupled, a large family or nobody to speak of at all, we are all loved by someone, love someone, deserve joy, hope, success and peace. So here's a little meditation that I found myself reciting over and over this morning. Say it out loud a few times on your way to work or when you have a moment to yourself. Perhaps it will lift your humpday and certainly remind you that you deserve great things.