Last night I heard one of the most heartbreaking stories that happened to another person and their family. It made falling asleep even more challenging for me, and that is typically not one of my strengths in general. While texting with a friend, my mind started racing with a ridiculous amount of thoughts. Among them was "g-d only gives you what you can handle". We finished the conversation with me saying "thank g-d I clearly couldn't handle that, because we know how g-d likes to give me what I can handle".
Honestly, I am one of the first people to roll my eyes when someone says "g-d only gives you what you can handle", and in 2016 I wrote a post about religious doubts and how that statement didn't make me feel so great. After last nights story I started to think about other circumstances that I personally have not been faced with and the weight of the phrase sat on my shoulders in a different manner.
Not all of us are born knowing what we can supposedly handle. A lot of us are introduced via various circumstances that we encounter on our own personal journeys. Initially we are shocked and in disbelief that whatever is happening, is in fact happening. We wonder how we will make it through, and then somehow you look around and realize you are already waist high in the situation "handling it". Some situations are "more challenging" than others, but to each person their specific challenge is seemingly insurmountable at the beginning and then people push through and we somehow persevere (however that ends up looking). I think the majority of us are always grateful for the challenges we are given vs the ones dished out to someone else, because "we couldn't imagine", and truthfully we don't want to imagine.
I am left sitting here today thinking about and being grateful for what I am able to handle, because as much as I think I cannot handle it, there are clearly other things that I cannot handle and I am so grateful I have not been given them to handle. As for what I have been given...well I think I have enough confidence to admit I am doing a pretty good job at somehow remaining afloat and handling it.
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