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The Chronic

Our most beautiful dreams are born from our most unpleasant nightmares.

Stars are born out of dark moments. On the path to greatness, life teaches you to walk with stones in your shoes. Pain teaches you more than pleasure. Failure teaches you more than success. Poverty teaches you more than prosperity. Adversity teaches you more than comfort. The gift of life, gives you the greatest opportunity to live and chance to rise above any situation. With hopeful attitude you can overcome any struggle. Moral wounds have this peculiarity they may be hidden, but they never close; always painful, always ready to bleed when touched, they remain fresh and open in the heart. If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it- to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger. Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it. Pain is only what you allow it to be.

Life is painful and can be messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get lost, dropping into a wide open, huge abyss. But that’s why we have to keep trying. We have to push through all that hurts us, work past all our memories that are haunting us. Sometimes the things that hurt us are the things that make us strongest. A life without experience, in my opinion, is no life at all. And that’s why I tell everyone that, even when it hurts, never stop yourself from living. A dove struggling in a storm grows stronger than an eagle soaring in sunshine. Challenges are part of life; We weaken our spirit, when we act in fear and lose hope. But we strengthen our spirit, when we fearlessly with faith and hope, rise up to meet and conquer the challenges. Scars mean you fought. Wrinkles mean you lived. Heartache means you loved. I’ve lived too long with pain. I won’t know who I am without it.

I think about the meaning of pain. Pain is personal. It really belongs to the one feeling it. Probably the only thing that is your own. I like mine. The worst wounds, the deadliest of them, aren’t the ones people see on the outside. They’re the ones that make us bleed internally. Pain is the feeling. Suffering is the effect the pain inflicts. If one can endure pain, one can live without suffering. If one can withstand pain, one can withstand anything. If one can learn to control pain, one can learn to control oneself. Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with. There are so many ways of being despicable it quite makes one’s head spin. But the way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people’s pain.

The best people all have some kind of scar.Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having ‘too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world. Why is there ever this perverse cruelty in humankind, that makes us hurt most those we love best. We live in a culture that is blind to betrayal and intolerant of emotional pain. In New Age where your attitude is considered the sole determinant of the impact an event has on you, it gets even worse.In these New Thought circles, no matter what happens to you, it is assumed that you have created your own reality. Not only have you chosen the event, no matter how horrible, for your personal growth. You also chose how you interpret what happened as if there are no interpersonal facts, only interpretations.

Nothing hurts a good soul and a kind heart more than to live amongst people who cannot understand it. You were unsure which pain is worse the shock of what happened or the ache for what never will. When a poet digs himself into a hole, he doesn’t climb out. He digs deeper, enjoys the SCENEry, and comes out the other side enlightened.

Life hands us storms so we can paint rainbows.


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