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Challenge of the Week: Complete Relaxation without Stress
If you have stuck with me this far, this will be the last challenge of the year. I have given a challenge each week for the past 52 weeks, during the entire year of 2015. These challenges were thought up to challenge you, test you, and maybe change your habits for the better. Whether you chose to participate or not was completely up to you. Picking and choosing was also an option. If you did them all, congratulations for challenging yourself. If you didn’t, they will always be on Confessions of the Professions, so read one and challenge yourself at any time.
Confessions of the Professions does not normally time-stamp any of its articles, confessions, or infographics, because it tries to deliver information that is evergreen — always relevant to today or years from now. Of course, there is always information that expires, such as reports and statistics about a certain year, but for these challenges, they remain good no matter what year you are in. You can easily go back through the challenges, or search this website for challenges, and re-do them all. We appreciate your participation and your support for this website. There are no intentions to continue anymore challenges, as the initial challenge was my own: Come up with a challenge each week for the entire year of 2015.
We have given a series of easy and somewhat more challenging challenges for you to do throughout the year. This challenge seems like it should be an easy challenge, and it could be, but for many people, especially in this final month and last week of the year, it could be one of the most stressful times every year, or now that holidays are over, it could be a more relaxing time of the year.
Your challenge of this last week of 2015: We ask that you enjoy yourself, appreciate life and your friends and family, acknowledge all that you have in life, and all that you have accomplished thus far.
You have come along way from where you were. Think about where you are right now. Where were you and what were you doing a year ago? Do you remember the time when you were only dreaming, praying, and working towards being where you are right now? Are you in a better place than you were? Do you have your health? Do you have your life? Are you alive? We ask that you be thankful for the powers that be in the world, as the universe tends to bend for you, to make all that you want in life a possibility. We ask that you understand and recognize that your situation could always be worse than it is. Are you in a better place? A better state of mind? If not, than what can you do for yourself to get there?
We know that life is full of challenges, hardships, and times where we just feel like giving up, and yet, we sacrifice, we tolerate, and we face the obstacles that are thrown our way, whether we lost someone, have no money, or even have no place to live. We humans are strong like that. We are always doing our best to adapt to new situations. We deal with a lot of pain and suffering which is a part of the process of living life. We ask that you respect the fact that everyone has a story to tell and you have no idea where anyone else has been in their life. Everyone has experiences and has faced many of the same or harder challenges than you have. They have been through a lot, just as you have. No one knows your story quite like you do because you lived it. You can tell your story, just as many people can tell their stories, but the only person who truly understands the experience and what it meant, is you, or the person who lived the story.
It is true that some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouths and are given everything they want in life, but for the great majority of people, they had only dreamed of once being where they are today, and had almost given up hope. Most of us must fail more times than we would like to admit in order to succeed. Most successful people will never tell you about all the failure they went through, but it is guaranteed that they most likely met a lot of resistance, almost gave up hope, but kept on pushing through, having that hope and optimism. There are still a great many more who are suffering and who will never have what you have or be where you are today. While hope may not be lost for them, they have lost the will to try anymore. We ask that, no matter what your situation is, no matter where you are in your life, that you remain strong, hopeful, and pray not just for yourself, but for the peace and happiness of others.
We ask that you find the strength you need to continue living your life. We ask that you strive to inspire and help others who are less fortunate than you. We too, pray for you and others, in hopes that human beings are working to make the world a better place for not just themselves, but for your children, their own children, and for future generations to live on this Earth as comfortably as we are now. Earth is our home, and it is the only home humans have, as far as we are all concerned. Take care of each other, take care of the planet, and most of all, have hope that humanity will learn to live in peace together. For yourself, relax and live your life without harming yourself or others.
Thank you for sticking with us to make these challenges possible!
Enjoy the rest of 2015 and we will see you in 2016!