The hardest thing in this world is to live in it.
Let’s be honest, you have had to reach a point at least once in your life (if not more), when the call of ENOUGH! rang loud, long and strong. When the idea of a long (permanent) nap seemed the perfect and logical solution. Where the idea of finally feeling no more pain, doubt, regrets, or what-ifs was truly heaven. When you longed for the peace and security of the final curtain. That for better or worse, it would finally be over. You would be done. No more agonizing decisions to make. No more what-ifs or what-to-do’s to contemplate.
The lure of reaching the point of no more pain, regret, sorrow, anguish, doubt, fear, or uncertainty can be intoxicating. The lure itself being a narcotic. Drawing you in. Calling to you. Yet the hardest thing in this world is to live in it.
Ours is a world filled with great and minor imperfections, injustice, pain, regret, sorrow, missed chances, and missed opportunities.
During those dark periods it’s hard to admit the world also contains:
At times it seems finding a needle in a haystack would be easier than finding some of that goodness. It gets old being knocked down, batted around, hitting brick wall after brick wall. Makes sense the lure of finality can be strong, particularly when you’re not feeling your strongest. Even when it seems there is always more darkness and evil, the possibility of HOPE is stronger.
Hope you can change.
Hope you can make a difference.
Hope things will improve.
Hope the sun will shine again.
Hope the good will prevail. (It does happen.)
So while love is said to be the greatest, HOPE is its spark. Its accelerant . Its fuel.
This Thanksgiving allow yourself and your guests a few moments to give thanks for the sparks of light, joy, happiness, and yes — hope — you and your guests have. Write them down. If you make copies of the list, you will have one more tool, one more bit of HOPE on your side for when the call of Enough seem overwhelming.
The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Which you’re doing, since you’re reading this. Add that to your list. Happy Thanksgiving.
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