Life often has its moments when things are not easy. Unfair circumstances can prevail and knock us out of our orbit. Nature sometimes serves up an ordeal nobody expected or wanted. Or sometimes it’s just a confluence of small things that don’t work out the way we want and the overall impact takes us over. Some of the time it feels like an interruption and other times it can be a permanent change of course. Either way, it’s genuinely hard to take it on.

Few people will appreciate these “opportunities.” However you feel about tough circumstances, there are little things that can make the going a bit easier.

First, we must care for ourselves even if choosing to feels like an additional burden. But, we must take the time to do the little things that sustain us: go for a run, visit a coffee shop, write in our journal, make time to talk to a close friend, unwind with a glass of wine or a special tv show or both. If we don’t, we soon find ourselves running out of air, putting on a perpetual sour mood, being short with loved ones or making poor decisions that come back to haunt us. These small investments have major payoffs, which can be particularly helpful if your circumstances are dire.

Then, there’s the time to have the tough talk, face the difficult decision, do the job you are resisting, or meet with the angry neighbor. If you have been giving yourself spiritual sustenance along the way, you can call on your inner resources and they will show up.  These little things can literally make the hard stuff easier to get through.

Do something special for your soul this week. If you are facing a difficult decision, it will give you some relief. And if things are wonderful right now, you will be saving up for a rainy day. Either way, the self-care will go a long way in the right direction.

“I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”

-Winston Churchill