Wellness Tip: (Mental/Emotional) Stand Up, Give Up, Or Back Up!
Human nature causes us to stand up and fight whenever we are pushed. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can fight something to the death just because I have determined in my mind to overcome! Using wisdom, we can determine when we need to stand up, give up, or back up. The biggest part of this battle is our mental game.
Standing up means determining in our minds that life will not be sucked out of us and instead we will enjoy life to the fullest. Sometimes we must stand up against others who want to put us down. Maybe we have received a report from the doctor and we have to stand up and disagree with it. Or maybe we have to stand up for the things that we believe in, whether others agree or not. Sometimes in life, we have to choose to stand up.
Giving up doesn’t necessarily mean that we quit. Sometimes, some things are not worth fighting for. Even though we may have mentally set our minds to determine the outcome, things change. Use wisdom to choose those things that are worth fighting for. In my life, there are things that God has asked me to let go of and to give up control, only so that He can step in and make it better. Sometimes to give up means that we let go of control and let God, or others, handle it for us.
Sometimes the answer to a situation is backing up. It means that we might be in too deep and that our emotions are too entangled to make good decisions. We have to mentally break away from situations long enough to see a bigger picture. This is not easy to do, especially when you feel you are right.
The next time life throws something at you, mentally decide if you are going to stand up, give up, or back up. Mahatma Gandhi said, “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” Determine in your mind the journey that your life will take.