As it's been a bit quiet in here of late I thought it might be as good a time as any to pose a question to anyone prepared to read this. There's no pressure to answer publicly. Rather, see this as a provocation to look inwardly and reflect. Even reflect on your reflections if that makes sense.
When things aren't going the way you expected, or you seem at a loss to find solutions to the problems that present themselves to you, how do you cope?
Do you seek advice from others? Those around you who you trust to help guide you? Do you seek answers yourself from both familiar and new sources? Do you suffer in silence by putting on a brave face, for to appear vulnerable may be admitting you are weak, frail or fallible?
Do you open up to the world, admitting that you are unable to cope and embrace any and all assistance that may come your way? To hell with what people may think!
The reason I ask this of you all is that things have not gone completely to plan for me of late. I do not share this out of any desire to gain pity or help. In fact I'm coping quite well, thanks in no small part to my amazingly supportive family.
Yet there is much more to my coping mechanism. I am very fortunate to have many people in my corner equipped with the wisdom and understanding to say and do what needs to be said and done without taking it too far. After all, I need to get through these struggles in my own way, not as someone else may cope.
Some people believe in Karma while others believe that you reap what you sow. Personally, I am a firm believer that things often (although not always) happen for a reason and you will get more positive results if you remain positive.
So I am coping by remaining positive that something good will come of this ill. How do you cope?