This morning I got a big NO to a major question in my life.
It took me aback. It launched a momentary pity party.
I got quiet, I felt small and I felt like my dreams were dashed.
It’s not the first time I’ve heard NO. I didn’t get into my first choice for undergrad, Syracuse University, yet I went on to have a successful Emmy award-winning career in TV.
I’ve applied for jobs that I thought were the perfect fit because I’d be living and working in a cool city. But I heard NO.
Feelings of FAILURE overwhelmed me.
What could I have done differently?
Did that decision a few years ago screw up this opportunity?
If I could just get a do-over, could I fix this?
In midlife, major questions like where you’ll live and where your children will attend school can rock your world (or at least really feel like it).
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It’s what I’ve heard in countless mommy groups:
“Someone outbid us on our dream house.”
“We didn’t get into the pre-k lottery.”
“Our contractor says it’ll be two more months before they finish the project.”
As a mom who faces depression, I knew I had to dust off this funk or it would overcome me. It would become a big, comfortable quilt I’d wrap myself into for a day or a week.
The big, comfortable quilt would also become heavier and heavier.
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Because I knew only God could help me see the light in this darkness, I turned to these Seven Confidence Building Scriptures for Moms.[Tweet “7 Confidence Building Scriptures for Moms”]
And I reminded myself to be gentle and forgiving TO MYSELF. In case you need it, here’s a printable letter of forgiveness to yourself.
I wish I could say I immediately felt better after reading my own encouragement. It took a moment. But I feel like I won’t start down the slippery slope of depression.
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Talk back to me in the comments: How have you bounced back after failure? How do you encourage yourself?
I hope you join me each week for a Midlife Monday topic. You can catch up on the rest of my Figuring Out 40 journey here.