You wake up and lying in bed you’re burdened with the “yell” of yesterday—guilt or shame or any flavour between—despondency soon grips you. The day’s events are before you and you simply shriek. Can you recall a time like this?
The point is we’ve all been there.
The remorse of regret or an otherwise numbed hopelessness plagues us. Sometimes we know why and sometimes we don’t. However it is we just want to get past it; and the easiest option is to do something that’ll take our minds off it all—the trouble is some of these activities are not healthy for us.
There is only one effective answer to this madness of the soul. And that is to make it as right as it can be, today, and then simply accept it’s the best we can manage just now.
Hope, and with it joy, comes back slowly. There are generally no overnight solutions. But we must still commit to them now to enjoy them then.
Courage has it. It takes a lot of courage to do all we can to address the issues of truth as much as we personally can. This also demands us to be honest and positive; eternally hopeful about the chances of a turnaround. Add to this the humility to accept the best that time and the situation both, collectively, have to offer. Acceptance of our situations is paramount.
Who would think that such definable and common virtues like courage, honesty and humility could be used in such ways for our good?—for a turnaround toward resilience!
And “V” is for victory—that sense that we’re okay and safe—when we implement these virtues and simply live the way we were always meant to live—running toward the light and not away from it—is what we can calmly feel.
When we’re sick of hell we can just as easily turn about-face and travel far from it, never looking back. This is the happy journey.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.