a reply to: Dark Ghost
originally posted by: Dark Ghost
What do you do when nothing in life seems to be going your way? How do you find the strength to carry on? Where can you draw inspiration from to
motivate yourself? What do you do when the world around you spits in your face at every opportunity and presents challenge after challenge with no end
I breathe. Slowly and deeply. Tune out that which is not relevant - here, and now - and reflect on the many trials you have made it through and draw
strength from these accomplishments; little as some may seem, we all possess many, for this life is a struggle at the best of times. As the seedling
emerges from its place, does it not bend to the will of the wind, sit soaking from the weight of the rain? All to seek the light, to strive for a
higher place in the world around it..
Through it all, it grows stiff and tall, or short and sprawling, or long and climbing, or however is necessary for that particular plant to take its
place in the world.
These challenges though, do not define you. It is how you face them that will define your future. And it is this ability that separates us from the
rest of our environment. The ability to decide. To reflect. To change our world to work for us.
Truly, there is no motivation to be found outside oneself, for even when you perceive an external source of motivation, it is not that the source
itself is, inherently motivational; but that you have perceived an air of motivation from it.. in this way - at least - all motivation is stemmed from
Is it really possible to prevent your environment from influencing your mindset? How can you draw optimism from within when all that lies
beneath the surface is pain and misery? Why should the thought that there are people worse off provide comfort and perspective?
And therein lies the crux of it, doesnt it? The thought of others suffering is not a ready source of inspiration, to be sure.. however it could
provide you with the knowing that you can provide an example to others who are less fortunate than you, who will in turn find motivation in your
persistence towards bettering your world. All we can hope is that the cycle goes on and on.. All we can do, at any given time, is the best of our
ability. The universe will never give you more than you can handle. Never. It knows you, for it is you.
You are the world you perceive. So perceive your best and let the world change around you.
Your circumstances do not define you.
Family issues, financial problems, feelings of isolation and an inadequate support network only contribute to an already low mood and high
anxiety. Add to that being discontent with the present, trouble letting go of the past and feeling uneasy about the future — a recipe for disaster
I find it good, at times like these, to remember that much of this is outside of your control.. there is only so much immediate effect on your world
that you can take responsibility for at any given time. That which is outside of your control should be left to play out as it may.. release the need
to let go of the past or contemplate the future, for neither is within your reach.
Being OK with things not working out the way you intend is one of the hardest things a person can do; to relinquish control to the unknown.. but it
must be done, lest we drive ourselves insane with the perceived, and literal, trials of our existence.. it is an ongoing challenge, i'm sure, for all
Does enough time heal all wounds? Or does time have a way of wounding what has seemingly healed? It's kind of strange.
The secrets of Creation are found in the presence of paradox. The mere existence of this statement in your mind is a clear indication of your
perception determining the truth of it. It is up to you to decide which of these two things you believe in, and allow it to take its place in your
belief structure. There is rarely comfort in uncertainty. I for one, would rather be faced with an uncomfortable certainty than to become comfortable
with uncertainty in my beliefs. At least with the former, there is a sense of knowing, with room to adjust your perception to your preference.
Lack of purpose, meaning and satisfaction. Feeling like the black sheep of the family and an outsider on this planet. No interest in exploring
the idea of the ego or the all-is-one theory. They mean nothing at this moment in time.
You are not alone in these feelings, not even close. Tho you may not see us, hear us, or be able to grasp our hands; we're here. We're with you, in
this struggle, whether you know it or not.. it is a strange time to be alive on this planet.. and a stranger time indeed to be in the throes of
existentialism while the world keeps turning.. seemingly unawares of the condition it is in.
You needn't concern yourself with things that mean nothing to you at any given moment. Needn't be bothered by that which is irrelevant. Act on that
which means the most to you instead. Act on that which inspires happiness and excitement, and focus your attention towards that end; wherever it is
Why should I carry on?
Because the fact that you exist, means that you deserve to. And you will continue to do so. You have a right to struggle with us, and you further have
a right to see yourself succeed to that end. Don't deny the world the privilege of witnessing your success. For tho it may not take place on the
centre stage for the world to see, it's presence will reverberate through the very fabric of our existence and create ripples of effect nonetheless;
the likes of which are outside the range of our perception..
Everything will be ok in the end, so it it's not ok, its not the end.
This too shall pass.