This quote from Nick Vujicic has been playing on my mind for the past few days, and I feel compelled to write a little bit about it.
Life is difficult at the moment. My mental health has taken a battering recently and I feel like the blows just keep on coming. I know I have to go through this rough patch, and it will get worse before it gets better, but it’s necessary for me to grow. I know I’m going to come out of the other side feeling so sure of myself and who I am.
But knowing that it is necessary doesn’t make it any easier right now. Right now it feels like I need a miracle, but my prayers aren’t being answered (at least not in the way that I’d like). But when you don’t get your miracle, you can still be a miracle for someone else. And when it feels like your prayers aren’t being answered, you could still be the answer to someone else’s prayer.
There was a moment at work yesterday that illustrated this so perfectly for me. I felt a bit down and was keeping myself to myself, and when I was stocking the shelves, I stopped to let a lady come past. She thanked me and we got chatting. Twenty minutes later we were still chatting, putting the world to rights and laughing about anything and everything. Before she left, she looked right into my eyes and said “thank you so much for talking to me, I’ve been feeling so lonely, nobody seems to have time to talk these days, I needed this today.” There were tears in her eyes as she spoke.
I immediately thought of this quote and smiled to myself. Even though I’m struggling and fighting a low mood every day, I could still provide so much joy for a complete stranger. I think that’s beautiful, and something we should try to do. Even when we feel broken, we can still lift up those around us.
There’s only so much wallowing we can do before we have to move forward. For the past week I’ve been throwing myself a huge pity-party, but the problem is there is only room for one; it gets lonely and it drags everybody down. So instead of feeling sorry for ourselves because we’re hurting, we could choose to focus on others and how we can bring them joy.
Get out there and be someone’s miracle!