I hate to say how tough Life can be, but the fact remains that it simply is for many of us. Silent struggles go on all the time and I don’t believe that dismissing them to silence is the key here. I feel it needs to be addressed, acknowledged, talked about, regardless of how many times you touch on the subject every week. It’s not a broken record but a way to shine awareness and insight on the subject. Only this way can we offer support and convey understanding and a readiness to help wherever we can.
I am still occupied with some thoughts about the healing from Monday night, and how intense the energy was. Seldom have I felt it to that degree. It commanded my attention and see myself as a conduit to shed light where darkness looms. It was a reminder for me how many people struggle, and if you are like most people, you will quickly recall a time of struggle, a time of hardship, and some sort of fight. Whether it was internally, or when the world turned it’s back on you. Fact is that you remember the moment, the feeling, the struggle, and what it took. It’s a time of despair, a time when it’s hard to see the light. Somehow these times always stand out in our memory, and the good times pass us by while everything goes according to plan and as expected.
It’s easy to remember a motivational speech, a quote, a piece of advice, and wisdom on a good day when everything is fine. But when storm clouds fill the horizon, we struggle to recall them. It’s not that easy to remember the “high” we just felt, and our wisdom vanishes into thin air. Even reading an inspirational script such as a post often doesn’t get us through. Most likely it is then that we find ourselves not relating. What do they know anyways, they have no clue about what’s going on, good for them that everything is going well. You might even feel appalled by the positivity of another while you are down and out, alone, believing that nobody understands you. Next on the agenda….the doubts, about yourself, your feelings, your judgement and really anything. Surely there must be something wrong with you. Why do you always find yourself on the sidelines and why are you so different, making it so hard for others to relate to you!
You even know that in time the feelings will pass, and out of the ashes you rise once more, armed with the same wisdom and the hopes of not ending up here again. Ever… if you can help it. After all this is not your first rodeo, you have been here many times before, and it’s not the most pleasant of places. Still, most likely you will be back again.
Let me be the first to say that there is NOTHING wrong with you. You are perfect even if you can’t say it at times. You just haven’t found your tribe yet and believe me, you will.
A poem from Steve Maraboli crossed my path that I would like to share with you today. It’s a poem about life, truth, and being free. My wish it that you will find something in between the lines and perhaps remember it when you find yourself in darkness again. And may you always know that darkness gives way to light again, that the stars can’t shine without darkness. And may you always dare to be.
“When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find a way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand￼.
When you cross pass with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can-
At all times, Dare to be!
PS: How many dare’s have you collected already? Perhaps you can pick a new one from this list 😉🙏🏼