It’s been a rough month, so I’ll just remind you of this…

“I’m dying of cancer (Lymphoma) at age 21. I was sent home from the hospital for my final few weeks over 32 weeks ago. But now I’m back at the hospital being treated again. My doctors now believe there is hope. And I just want to thank you and Marc, because your Getting Back to Happy course has been my single greatest source of guidance and inspiration on the absolute hardest, loneliest nights.”

That’s the opening paragraph of an email I received recently from a friend named Jane (I’m re-sharing it today with permission). Kaarina’s words continue to remind me that harsh circumstances will occasionally break us down to the lowest of lows. But if we keep our minds focused on the positive, our hearts open to love, and continue to put one foot in front of the other, we can recover the pieces, rebuild, and fight back with more strength and determination than we ever imagined possible.

Kaarina has literally been fighting against all odds, and gradually overcoming them! It has been incredible to witness her progress firsthand through my phone and email communication. Day by day, she has emotionally freed herself from some of the ideals that once meant a lot to her—like not being ill—so she can move beyond them and the pain they bring. This has ultimately contributed to the progress she’s made and the renewed hope her doctors now have.

In light of COVID-19, think about how Jane’s story relates to your life…

Your response is always more powerful than your present circumstances. Yes, a part of your life right now is decided by completely uncontrollable circumstances, yet there’s still so much that’s decided by your responses. Remind yourself that the goal isn’t to get rid of all your painful thoughts, feelings, and life circumstances. Because that’s always impossible. The goal is to follow in Jane’s footsteps, and change your response to them today.

Hope for more grace

Just keep reminding yourself…

Sometimes life sucks. Sometimes life gets so hard that you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning. Sometimes life is so stressful that all you want to do is curl up and cry. But sometimes life is absolutely beautiful! Sometimes life is so amazing that all you want to do is smile! Sometimes you just have to stay positive, and push through the hard times. Why? Because life is worth it! The good times are worth it! YOU and the people you love are worth it!

And of course, if you’re struggling with pushing through right now, know that you are not alone.