Small Challenges Still Hold Significance!

Small Challenges Still Hold Significance!

Let’s talk about significance!

At times someone in our family or one of our friends face overwhelming challenges, and because we love them, we’re happy to provide support.

During those time, you may just encounter an issue of your own, but because their issues seem bigger, you feel like you have no right to complain.

In other words, their challenges seem more significant than yours.

Even though each person’s experiences are unique, we sometimes like we have no right to share something that seems insignificant in comparison.

Very Well Mind says that “Even if someone else’s situation is objectively “worse” than yours, it doesn’t mean that you are not experiencing very real, very valid emotions. You are allowed to feel upset when someone hurts you or disappointed when something doesn’t work out the way that you wanted it to.  Yes, other people also have their own pain and disappointments to face, but those experiences don’t diminish or eclipse yours”.

No Significance!

Here are a few examples of these types of situations that may relate to.  Maybe you’re:

🍁 Overwhelmed with work deadlines, but refrain from discussing it because your friend is experiencing job loss.

🌿 Struggling with anxiety issues, but keeping quiet because your family member is dealing with a serious illness.

🍂 Stressed about financial difficulties, but not sharing because your neighbor is facing eviction.

🌱 Dealing with relationship challenges, but staying quiet because your coworker is going through a tough divorce.

🪴 Feeling lonely, but not expressing it because a close friend is grieving the loss of a loved one.

☘️ Burdened by too many household chores, but hesitating to express it because your neighbor is navigating a challenging custody battle.

🌾 Upset about that you have an older dog with medical issues, but not complaining to your friend because her dog recently passed away.

Sometimes when we’re around others whose challenges seem greater than ours, we think we have no right to speak up, and feel guilty if we do.

Our problems just seem less deserving of attention.

Isolated and Disconnected!

Comparing Struggles Isn’t Helpful!Being silent out of fear of feeling insignificant, can leave us feeling isolated and disconnected.

Even though we may feel this way, our challenges, no matter how big or small they seem, are valid and deserving of acknowledgment.

Remember everyone’s journey is unique and comparing our struggles to someone else’s, isn’t helpful.

It’s true that someone dealing with their own crisis may have limited capacity to provide support, but sharing our struggles with them can be beneficial because, it could provide a sense of normalcy or distraction from their own challenges.

Even if another person is struggling, they may still offer understanding, even if they can’t offer immediate solutions.

J.M. Green says “Never think that what you have to offer is insignificant. There will always be someone out there that needs what you have to give.”

If you feel like your experiences are insignificant and can’t find someone to share your thoughts with, it might be helpful to start writing in a journal, to help process whatever’s going on.

In addition, it might also be helpful to seek support from a therapist and they can help you further process your thoughts and emotions.


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