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Learning from the lows

by Andrea Updyke

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I’ve been on a confidence high for a few weeks now. After running a couple races, getting a hair cut and a new job (not in that order) I have had a lot to feel really great about. I even had myself believing this great feeling was my “new normal”. Of course I am happy about all of those things. But as we all know, we can’t just float up there in the clouds forever. There is work to be done, meals to be prepared and lives to live. Naturally, the descent back into the realm of everyday living can be a rocky one.

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Feeling a little lower than my new normal, I started doubting myself and asking the tired questions we all ask when we aren’t sleeping well or have too much to think about. My husband lovingly pointed out how ridiculous I am and now I am listening to Christmas music bound and determined to get my groove back or whatever. Baby steps?

Some days are high and other days, not so much. How many articles and books have you read about that very topic? We are addicts, every last one of us, wanting only highs and fearing our personal worst when the lows come. But the lows aren’t really all that low are they? I am not talking about serious hardship like health issues and real pain. I’m referring to the general ebb and flow of life. If you are like me and have a flair for the dramatic, things can really escalate quickly.

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The days we wake up on the wrong side of the bed are just hard. But if we can just be ok with hard instead of letting it transform into some weird “something is wrong” line of thinking, we’d be much better off. Hard is not wrong. It’s just hard.

And then it’s not.

I learn this each hard day I have as a mother. It’s so tempting to think I am doing it wrong or at least far worse than anyone else. I have crazy ideals and dreams and when they don’t go as planned I get frustrated. That’s where the grace comes in. That’s where trust comes in. I keep going and I accept grace and give grace. I learn and find beauty in these moments of weakness.

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Christina Miller November 12, 2013 - 11:00 am

This really spoke to me today. I was sad when it ended. In the words of Britney- Give me more. 😉 Thanks for brightening my day.

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Lilkidthings November 12, 2013 - 11:19 am

Thank you for reading! We have to stick together right?

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erinmktgmama November 12, 2013 - 11:08 am

I love when you write these types of posts. Love you!

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Lilkidthings November 12, 2013 - 11:18 am

Muah! Thank you 🙂

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Jenni Pugh November 12, 2013 - 8:38 pm

To me, it’s such a peaceful post! Maybe we all need the lows to appreciate our highs.

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Lilkidthings November 13, 2013 - 2:27 pm

Thank you for reading. And yes, I suppose we all need to get some perspective now and then!

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Kelly Whalen November 14, 2013 - 10:05 am

This is a great reminder. Sometimes I think I’m a little too aware of how I feel and I need to just let myself be a bit.

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Lilkidthings November 19, 2013 - 9:59 am

I can totally relate to that. Is there such a thing as an awaraholic? If so, I’m that.

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Melanie November 14, 2013 - 10:54 am

This came at a great time. I have a weird three weeks — tired, didn’t feel well, snapped easily. And then it stopped and I had energy and was content again. It was hard being down b/c I always worry about how I’m affecting others, but that tends to bring me down even more. Good advice to acknowledge the down times and no they’ll pass.

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Lilkidthings November 19, 2013 - 9:58 am

They WILL pass even when it feels like it’s taking forever. I hope this week is better for you!

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