If Rome wasn’t built in a day, how long did it take?
A spot of Googling suggests it either took (a) around 500 years, or (b) more precisely, it’s actually still being built and so will never be finished.
There’s a heck of a lot of difference between a day and 500 years, isn’t there?
Historical town-planning ponderings aside, the ‘it wasn’t built in a day’ thought is probably a good one to dig out if you’re down in the dumps.
When you feel like that, it would clearly be brilliant for someone to wave a magic wand, making everything immediately wonderful. But it doesn’t work quite like this, does it?
Looking at my own WellBee graph it’s clear that recovery after a crash is generally a pretty slow process.
It doesn’t stop you being impatient though. But this is not helpful.
So the next time you feel life closing in on you, it’s probably best not to expect miracles. Do, however, take small steps – or preferably just ONE small step – each day that has the potential to make you feel just a little better the next.
Connect with other people. Get out in nature. Do something to help someone. Focus on three things for which you feel gratitude. Eat something healthy.
Don’t try and do all of the above. It’ll be too much.
Do think about that one small step though.