We have all been through difficult times. I sometimes feel like a tennis ball bouncing endlessly through the highs and lows of everyday life. While the highs can be exhilarating, the lows can be terrifying with no one to catch you from hitting bottom.

I am incredibly grateful for my family, friends, and coworkers. Without their love and support it would have been impossible to cope with the situations I have encountered in my life. Why are relationships important? For me, healthy relationships relieve fear, facilitate forgiveness, and encourage freedom.

Fear:

We are all fearful at times. This is not something to be ashamed of. I have a wonderful best friend who I adore unconditionally. With her I am able to talk through problems until a viable solution is revealed. I can’t tell you how many times I have started a telephone conversation on the verge of tears, only to end it 30 minutes later relieved and confident.

Forgiveness:

Times are tough. There is pressure from all areas for individuals to do more, more, more…. It is not realistic. Quite honestly, my toughest critic is myself. My family has helped me realize that when I don’t accomplish what I set out to do, forgiving myself is essential. It’s okay not to be “perfect” 100% of the time.

Freedom:

There have been times in my life when I have felt that I was not in control of the course my life was taking. A coworker once showed me the power of releasing negative impulses through healthy outlets. The type of outlet varies from day to day, but what it has given me is a sense of control. No one can make me feel helpless without my permission.

Friends, family, coworkers…choose your support system. It is vital. We can’t stop the highs and lows from bouncing through our lives, but I do know that we have control over how we react to them. Deepak Chopra once said:

Souls don’t break, they bounce

You can break a heart, break a nail, or break a glass, but your soul will be forever resilient. This, however, does not apply to relationships; they take work to maintain. When life inevitably points you in a downward direction, it is comforting to know that there is someone there to catch you from falling.

What inspirational stories can you share with our readers? What positive support systems do you utilize in times of need?

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