Lifelines – Walking through the Struggles of Life
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One of my childhood memories was a near drowning experience, clearly not a great memory. My family was on a weekend away to my aunt and uncles place. We were all invited to go swimming in someone’s backyard (I can’t recall whose backyard it was). I was instructed by my mom that I was only allowed to swim in the shallow end. While my brothers and cousins being older than me, got to swim in the deep end. Across the pool there was a rope that separated the shallow end from the deep end and separated me from all the fun. Since I didn’t want to miss out, I lingered as close as I could to the rope. As I went to stand up my foot slipped and the next thing I knew I was under the rope and now on the other side.
I realized very quickly that I was in trouble. My brothers were going to yell at me and tell my mom and swimming would be over for me. I got scared and I panicked. I tried to stand up and turn around before anyone saw me, however it was far too deep and my feet did not touch the ground. Am I ever grateful that my cousin had looked over and saw me. He swam over, grabbed me and took me to the side of the pool. My swim ended and I sat with my mom for the rest of the afternoon.
My cousin that afternoon was my lifeline. He saved me from drowning.
Definition of lifeline
1 : a line (such as a rope) used for saving or preserving life: such as
a : a line along the outer edge of the deck of a boat or ship
b : a line used to keep contact with a person (such as a diver or astronaut) in a dangerous or potentially dangerous situation
2 : something regarded as indispensable for the maintaining or protection of life
Throughout my life I have utilized many forms of lifelines. As a result these lifelines not only saved me from physically drowning, they also saved me from heartache, destruction and despair.
The following are some of the lifelines that are available to you, as well as the ones that I have personally used.
Having supportive people in our lives can help us walk through any trial that we may encounter. We all need a tribe to belong too. It is vital that our tribe be a healthy one. We need supportive people. There are far too many negative interactions with others in our day to day living. One thing I have realized in my life’s journey is that I am responsible for creating my tribe.
The following are questions that I need to ask myself when I reflect on this lifeline.
1. Do I have people in my life who I can turn to for support?
2. Am I making myself available to be supportive of others?
3. Are there people in my life that are toxic?
4. Who do I need to spend more time with?
5. Who do I need to spend less time with?
6. What am I doing to enrich the relationships that I have with the supportive people in my life?
There are times in people’s lives that will require them to take medications. For years I could count on one hand the medications that I had been on for 30 plus years. I am now in my late forties and due to health issues am now on medications that I need to take daily. At first I was reluctant to take them as I bought into the idea that medication was “harmful” and not “necessary”. By asking my Doctor lots of questions and educating myself, I am now very grateful for the medication that I am now on. It has actually caused me to feel better and it has become a lifeline for me. Whether the medication is for your physical health or mental health – taken properly as prescribed by a medical professional can be an instrumental lifeline in your life.
There are sometimes issues that come up in a persons life that may require a professional to help them get through. It is easy to get stuck in our problems and a little guidance is sometimes all we need to get unstuck. Counseling can help us to see things with a new perspective. It can provide to us tools that will help us to live life on life’s terms. Therapy can challenge us, encourage us and help heal us. There are all types of different counselors and therapies for all types of issues. If you are struggling I suggest you talk to your family Doctor and inquire if they have any suggestions of who you can talk to. Remember – it is your responsibility to reach out for help.
Reading Inspirational Literature
What are you reading? Are you feeding your brain with positive messages, or are you feeding it with negative messages?
Motivating quotes, poetry, affirmations, inspirational books and scripture can have a huge impact on a persons mood and situation. One of my most utilized and beneficial lifelines is scripture. No matter what I am going through I can always find peace and direction from reading God’s word.
This lifeline requires being intentional. Most noteworthy way of doing this is by keeping a few notebooks where you can compile these words. One of my notebooks is filled with various scriptures. These scriptures help inspire me, heal me and or give me peace. The other is full of quotes taken from various places that encourage me and minister to my heart. The third noteboook I use is for self-affirmations. Speaking kind and loving words to yourself goes a long way when dealing with the struggles in life.
One of the beautiful aspects of journaling is that it can be as unique as the person who is creating it. Journaling can be full of pictures and drawings or it can be full of words. There really isn’t a right or wrong way to journal. Throughout my life my journal has taken on many forms. I have done a “Dear Diary”, a journal of pictures, a gratitude journal, and a journal that I call my love letters to God. It is through these journals that I have been able to heal and move forward in my life. They have been a place where I can get real with my thoughts and my emotions. As a result of journaling I have been able to gain a sense of release and a new perspective. If you haven’t tried journaling may I suggest that you give it a try?
Each person is responsible to establish and then maintain their own lifelines. It is important to take an active role in your life. Some lifelines may work for you and some may not. The important thing is to start to think about what works for you and then maintain it. Consequently it is a good idea to try out something new. Take a risk. Get out of your comfort zone. Be intentional. Most of all, take action. You may not need that lifeline today, however, you never know when you may slip under the rope and need something to save you from drowning – physically or emotionally.
What are the lifelines that you use? Which ones are you willing to try? Drop me a line, I would love to hear from you.
Be blessed 💞💞💞