I’ve had this quote from Joel Osteen in the back of my mind since last week: “Don’t be pitiful when you can be powerful”. I posted it on my Facebook page on Tuesday and it has had a grip on me since.
Pitiful or powerful? You mean we can choose? Yes!!! In spite of any situation or circumstance that we are going through, we can choose to not allow it to pull us down and keep us in the abyss of pity, but instead to get up and stand strong in spite of…. Is it just that simple? Again the answer is yes.
The first and most important step is to make up in our mind that we want to be powerful and not pitiful. Then we strive to walk in this choice daily, by making decisions and taking actions that align with it.
What does this look like in action? You lose a job: Instead of panicking and going into depressed mode, you look at it as an opportunity to explore and obtain a new career. Facing the end of a relationship: Don’t allow the negative energy of anger and sadness to overtake you, instead turn it into something positive. Use this as a time to reflect and grow as an individual, take a class, find a new hobby, spend some time with people you may have neglected during your relationship. Death: We all know that it’s inevitable and often without warning, but that doesn’t stop the pain and grief that it brings. How can we turn the grief from pity to power? One way is to find a way to honor the lost loved one. This can be as simple as choosing to live a good life. Other suggestions include: becoming a donor to or volunteer at their favorite charitable organization, establishing a scholarship in their name, or doing something that they wanted to do, but never had the chance to. Find something that you know would make them smile at you from heaven.
The next time life throws you a curve ball, as it will, don’t let it knock you down, catch it and stand strong in your power.