Going through a Rough Time? This Mantra Might Help

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Going through a Rough Time? This Mantra Might Help

Episode 57

Life is full of ups, downs, times of winning, and times of losing. No matter what you’re going through right now, a little mantra I’ve been telling myself may help you feel at peace…right now.

And it goes like this: Honor the Season You’re In.

Keep reading (or listen) to learn how I’m applying this mantra to my own life.


Today, I’m talking about honoring the season you are in.

This has been on my mind a lot lately. Because this season of my life feels dramatically different than I thought it would. It’s been a lot of days, weeks really, getting to know myself in a drastically different way. 

I will share all about this in the coming weeks. I will. But for now, all I can say is there was a week where I felt incredibly lost and sort of overwhelmed with might be best described as grief. I felt like I had been catapulted into a completely different brain.

I felt weird and sad and definitely not the optimistic, upbeat Danielle that I became accustomed to. Even my husband would randomly ask me “Are you okay? You seem really quiet.” It’s been an adjustment for sure. 

But one day, I was in a bakery doing absolutely nothing work related. I grabbed my sketchbook, my markers, and was doodling, drawing, playing for an hour.  And a little phrase, a reminder, a prayer of sorts cames to mind. It was “honor the season you are in.”

It was my intuition talking to me from what felt like a dark place. It felt like a warm voice in a cold, dark night. 

To honor the season I’m in.

Friends, I can’t tell you how much this phrase has buoyed me, pissed me off, centered me all over again over the past few weeks.

I was grabbing brunch with a friend the other day and I absolutely love talking to her because she waxes poetic about seemingly mundane things right along with me. But I cannot remember what we were talking about but she shared that she has a tendency to be really past focused. And I said, that’s funny, because I tend to be really future focused. I can whip up a delicious, irresistible vision of the future.

Oh ya’ll the future in my mind is the sexiest, dreamiest thing I’ve ever tasted. And I really do feel like I’ve tasted it. You can’t tell me I haven’t tasted this imagination in real life.

But the consequence of this strong “visioning” is that I can completely lose sight of what is actually happening in front me. I’m either looking forward to the next highlight or I’m comparing what’s happening to what I decided should be happening in my head.

I can get really caught up in the promise of tomorrow. Tomorrow is unblemished, full of endless possibilities, friction free, no costs. Tomorrow is always the place to be. But tomorrow ain’t here. It’s just today. Today, today, today. Right now, right now, right now. This is the only season there is.

This messy, ugly, season is all there is. And I think the more I accept that this is really all there is to work with, the more at peace I feel. Not a perfect peace, but peace nonetheless.

I share this little mantra with you, “Honor the season you are in” because maybe you too are in the same boat. Your mind is another season, one that has passed or one that is not here, may never be here. 

No matter where our minds go, our hearts are always here. Our hearts are always big enough to love the season we’re in. Our hearts have more than enough space to honor the season that is right in front of it. I don’t know how, but I am so eternally grateful that there’s enough grace in this life to be at peace today. Not at peace tomorrow, always tomorrow. Or yesterday. Any time that is not now.

We can be at peace right where we are. And that’s such a gift. So I’m going to take this gift, honor the season I’m in, as best as I can, and revel in the gift life continues to give me.

I hope you can too.

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intro and outro music: danosongs.com

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