Living one’s life is a tough, rough proposition meant for the hardy who welcome the risk and handle the grief of loss. Throughout history, the stories of those who fought battles, losing in dark days only to win the war that was waged, have been depicted. Movies have been made and watched, books written extolling the details of the depths reached while ending with the thrill of the victory.
It’s so easy to read or hear the words; however, it is quite another to live the life to deal with the self-doubts and remain victorious over those who will doubt or decry what is the most personal of times. There are those who want to see failure to fulfill their own twisted needs while others will take a back seat displaying their wait and see attitude safely riding the fence of indecision.
Winning takes effort, it takes strength sustained, it takes going through each day with purpose and unity of spirit, it takes a willingness to be a willow rather than an oak, but most of all it takes heart. There must always be a big heart willing to love, to rest everything on a toss of the dice, and the surety to stand by one’s decision.
Battles come in varied forms be it actual war-time, relationship, health, or death difficulties. Sometimes it’s as simple as showing up for work when you would rather remain in your safe place. Sometimes, it’s as easy as remembering that what goes down must go up. College friends used to say that behind every cloud there’s another cloud. They were right, but neglected to mention the sun that comes between and the joy that warming orb brings. There is a song written in 1897 by Johnson Oatman, Jr. that gives solace in the raw times. In part, it reads
“When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Refrain: Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God hath done! Count your blessings, name them one by one, *Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.”
Time is better spent counting blessings rather than listing our woes. Positive thinking will lead to positive action. I needed to remember this; maybe, you did too.