In the hard times of life, the presence, the word, and the encouragement of just one friend can make all the difference. We only need one to come alongside us and give us hope. Where do you turn when you don’t have the one?
Have you ever grown tired in your struggle? Weary of trying? Wondered “why bother?” It might shock some to know, I have. I learned valuable lessons while watching the sunrise on a crabby morning. The most unlikely of creatures taught me about the peace that comes from perseverance.
When things seem hopeless, we get to choose how we will respond. How do we maintain our hope and faith when situations look hopeless? We can employ the same strategies Abraham used. God richly rewarded him for his obedience and he is now known as the father of faith.
With almost every patient I see in my office, I spend at least some time discussing the importance of rest, nutrition, and exercise. No matter what the health or mental health condition they are experiencing, those three factors of their treatment plan are the three that are more or less in their direct control, and the three factors that can have a significant impact on their overall emotional and physical well-being.
Yet, if I’m being honest with you, every time I explain the importance of those three factors to my patients, I am mentally challenged to take a mental appraisal of how well I’m doing following my own advice. [more]
A reader on Ask DrB asks for recommendations on establishing goals for the new year.