Day before yesterday, I spent ten minutes quickly counting the number of subscribers, and found myself gasping as the numbers kept increasing to finally surpass five hundred.
With full humility and utmost gratitude, I feel so humbled by your support, and I thank you for being part of my journey.
In celebration, I will be sharing five lessons (including my personal stories) from the Universe/Higher Spirit that I received in the span of five blog posts. Hopefully, this will shed some light on how you could apply it to your life as well.
The challenges that arise in your life are there to help you grow into a better individual. They only come into your path when you are ready for them. This is also a sign that you are getting closer to where you would like to be.
At the end of May, I felt that I would not be able to finish my traineeship hours by the month of August, which meant that it could cause an issue in regards to my immigration status in the United States. I thought that maybe I could extend my I-20 to December, which would give me more time to finish my hours. In reality, this sounded like an awful idea, because that meant that I would have to postpone several projects, and this could create other immigration issues in the United States. I knew that I couldn't do this by myself, so it was important for me to reach out to individuals that would help me.
I emailed the international students' office at my university to let them know my situation. I received a response which constituted of concern and stress as to whether I would be able to finish my hours on time. I was reminded that this was a responsibility that I had taken, and that I was supposed to be done by August, since I only had one class left (traineeship). Here I was trying to decide between extending my I-20 or to challenge myself for the next three months. Once again, time was at stake and I knew that it would almost be time to end this chapter.
I chose to reach out to my clinical director, and with his support, we created an intensive action plan, which comprised of a heavier case load and longer hours at my practicum site. I even took on other work such as doing consultations and co-facilitating a couple of meditation groups to get extra hours. I was living in present, because I needed each hour to count towards my traineeship. This was a challenge that I knew I could succeed in even though I had the option to take the easy route by extending my I-20. The support and constant motivation I received from my clinical director and friends helped me get through this.
Hey, how do I manage challenges?
Do your Best
We go through many challenges in life, sometimes one after the other. These are all tests to prepare us for a better future. During this painstaking period, it's easy to feel despair and succumb to depression. However, it's very important that you try your best at that very moment. Sometimes, even being aware of your challenge can be the best you could do. It can be your way of preparing yourself to overcome it. And, this is completely acceptable as well.
It's very important to remain as present as you can be. This will help reduce anxiety and/or depression, because your complete attention is focused in the Here-Now. Additionally, it's also important to remember that you have no control over the future and the past has already passed. We can only do our best in the present.
Be Kind and Compassionate towards Yourself
It's easy to get lost in our self-critical thoughts when we begin to blame ourselves for not having made better decisions. Well, this is a trap and recipe for disaster. This is a time to perform self-care, self-love and self-compassion. Throw out self-pity in the thrash and fill yourself and everything around you with positivity and motivation. For example, I could have felt terrible for not having planned better by secluding and drowning myself in anxiety. Instead, I learnt and made the most out of it by eating properly, going out with my friends, organizing my time efficiently, and taking several cat naps. This turned out to become one of my favorite summers.
Every challenge that comes into your life arrives when you are ready for it. I know that it feels uncomfortable right now, but the challenge would not have come forward unless it was time for you to move on to bigger and greater things in life. This is the process of the universe.