What do you do when you run into someone you would really rather not see?
We all find ourselves in situations where we would rather not run into that person. Maybe it’s just because we’re having an off day and would honestly prefer not to run into any person! Or maybe an unfortunate circumstance happened, and there is still some friction in the relationship. Or perhaps, the problem is within yourself, and you haven’t made amends in your heart toward that person.
I’ve had many such opportunities in the past year, and like it or not, I’ve had to face the music more than once. In my situation, I caused harm. I asked for forgiveness and some of the people I hurt have extended it to me. Others are on their own journey with it, and I respect that. But what do you do if you come face to face with someone and you would prefer not to?
Here are some of the things I have put into practice when met with these uncomfortable situations:
- I breathe deeply through my nose and out through my mouth.
- I release endorphins and serotonin by giving a big, beautiful smile! ( Or in some cases; gently smile, nod and in both cases, keep walking.)
- I lift my thoughts to God and choose to love Him most.
- I turn my thoughts to my husband and the journey we have invested a lot of time and energy into.
- I turn my thoughts to my children and how I want to support them and be the best Julia I can be for them.
- I realize if I always avoid awkward situations, I make a practice of hiding, and I do not want to hide.
- I feel the pain. I acknowledge that this is reality, and it hurts!
- I realize the next time I see this person it will not hurt me as much as it does today. Every day I am getting stronger.
- I choose to be love, be grace, and be beautiful.
- I ask the Holy Spirit to fill me and use me right where I am.
- I remind myself that I am forgiven, accepted, and pleasing to God, and that this is the basis of my self-worth, no matter what others may choose to think about me.
There are times when you run into someone you would rather not see, and it’s really hard to recover from it, even if you’ve taken some steps ahead of time to prepare. If this happens, you may need to take several days to recover, and that’s OK. Some difficult situations are, well, difficult. Maybe they simply overwhelm your mind. Don’t beat yourself up. And if complete downtime is required, find ways to find times for yourself where nothing is expected of you so you can refresh.
Facing a situation is refocusing your thoughts.
I have followed these steps over and over in my mind when I run into a difficult situation with a person I would rather not see. I realize that in the long run, going through the situation is better than avoiding the situation. Then I give God what I can’t control, knowing He can work all things for good, and what’s more, He wants to!
I hope these ideas are helpful to you, as well. Sometimes being healthy means knowing yourself and your limits, and it means being thoughtful enough to plan ahead for your own mental and emotional well-being. Life is a journey, and it’s okay to make little maps to help yourself navigate it. 🙂
What are some ways you refocus your thoughts in a difficult situation? I want to hear from you today!