Overcoming the Eeyore Inside
Let’s face it. We all have bad days. Whether you’re putting up with rude drivers or crabby co-workers, we all deal with the Eeyore’s of the world. You know, the old grey donkey from Winnie the Pooh with his gloomy disposition who uses catchphrases like “Thanks for noticin’ me” and “Ohhh-kayyy.”
Maybe you’re in a season of your life where you feel like Eeyore. You have come to believe that there is really no point in trying because whatever it is, you are bound to fail. You expect hardship to happen to you, and so you accept it when it does.
This is a chancy place to be, my friends. You must let your inner light shine, in spite of your circumstances. Whatever roadblocks, mishaps, trials or tribulations you face, let God turn your mourning into dancing. Let him clothe you with gladness. Use your voice to give thanks and sing praise for all the blessings in your life. Psalm 30:11-12 (ESV).
But you protest, “I know that’s what I’m supposed to do, but that’s not how I feel. Life can be so difficult.” Take it from me, I know exactly how you feel. But every day we have a choice. A choice to be depressed or upbeat, and it all begins with the thoughts in your mind. Whenever you have a negative thought like, “I’m not good enough” or “Yeah right! That will never happen,” cast it from you mind and replace it with a positive thought like, “I am good enough” or “I believe that it will happen. Anything is possible.”
I also encourage you to write down five things you are grateful for each day and why. I know five things sound like a lot, but the exercise builds a grateful heart. After several days, you can look back, reflect upon your list, and see all the people and things that you have to be thankful for.
Finally, we should all find a way to be of service to others. You can volunteer at a soup kitchen, deliver meals to the needy, donate, or invite someone over for dinner who normally eats alone.
Remember, the greatest blessings occur when we are a blessing to others. Say goodbye to the Eeyore inside and let your inner light shine!