How To Cope With Discouragement
The earlier we admit the fact that discouragement is part of life the faster we are able to cope with it. If we want to be sincere enough virtually everybody from teenage years have at one time or the other experienced this. A lot things cause discouragement from dissatisfaction with self, self pity to offenses from people around us. The state of our minds and our personalities often stand as the major cause of our discouragement. As much as it is common to all men, some people tend to be more discouraged than others. For instance, the easy going people have the tendencies to be more discouraged than the naturally lively ones because of their tendencies to sulk and self-pity. A lot of great people with bright futures have terminated their lives prematurely due to this ugly monster.
From the Bible records, at some points in the journey of the Israelites they became discouraged and said all manner of things to Moses that attracted the judgement of God upon them. Also, David, the king was also discouraged at a point in his life when his enemies came to raid his town and went with his wives and other valuable things. In all these cases, they overcame. Let’s see how:
- Depend on God. If you believe in God and His power over the universe, then rely on him. Believe that He will not leave you alone until you come out of that situation.
- Don’t be alone. Being alone in time of distress can be dangerous. If you are living alone, you might try to move to your family’s house or move in with a friend. You might hurt yourself or do something silly when you are alone at this time.
- Acknowledge the cause of the discouragement. Do you know you can be discouraged without even knowing the cause? You just find out you are sad and disinterested in things and people around you. Be sincere with yourself. Why am I sad?
- If you are dissatisfied with yourself then start from there. Forgive yourself and try to work at being a better person without being hard on yourself. If it has arisen from others, try to forgive and move on. The truth about life is that we can’t change others bit we can change our attitude and focus.
- Share it with others. Don’t keep mute and sulk in self pity. Try to share your distress with some you trust will help you in that situation. It could be a friend or a family member. There is power in communication.
- Get distracted from it. Whatever you can do to get distracted from that state of mind do it but don’t opt for negative escapism like alcoholism and sexuality.
A Selection of Discouragement Quotes
“Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.” ~ Neal A. Maxwell
“Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.” ~ Bertrand Russell
“Negative people can only infest you with discouragements when they find you around… Just get lost and get saved!”
~ Israelmore Ayivor
“In order to resist fear and discouragement, it is necessary that through prayer – through a personal experience of God re-encountered, recognized and loved in prayer – we taste and see how good the Lord is (Psalm 34).” ~ Jacques Philippe
“Discouragement is like a scorpion in your shoe; it takes courage to toss it out so you can move on.”
~ Richelle E. Goodrich
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