To the person who just got dumped, left their job, or had a falling out with their best friend. Wouldn’t it be great if life had a manual?
Life is hard enough. Many of us have someone that we can turn to that can help us get through a rough patch and show us some guidance, but many do not. Regardless, it can be hard to know how to navigate some of life’s tricky circumstances.
I can envision a manual now. We would flip to page 89 to help us get through a breakup, and flip to page 344 to deal with fair-weather friends. Page 778 will inform us on what to do when we are facing the decision whether or not to stay at a job.
As helpful as a manual would be, it would also be too easy. Life is such a journey and it’s meant to be lived, experienced, and discovered.
Ups and Downs
We can play the comparison game and think that everyone else’s life is perfect and that we somehow got the short end of the stick, but we know that life happens to us all because we belong to the human race and there is no such thing as perfection.
We are all living and experiencing life for the first time. We are only given one precious life, so everyone that we see is just doing the best they can. No one truly knows what they are doing, but we are trying.
We just need to do the best that we can with what we are given. We are developing our own life manual as we go along. We have a collection of experiences that we can refer to down the line if we need them.
Each situation and person that we encounter offers us a learning experience and is an opportunity for growth. Through trials and challenges, we learn about ourselves and the world around us.
As you create your life manual, keep a mental tab of what does and does not work for you in life. You will have a place to resort to in the future when the going gets tough!