January 31, 2014

Refiners Fire

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger” – Friedrich Nietzsche

 There seems to be an epidemic of discouragement these days.  Many people are struggling with one challenge or another, but that has been true throughout human history.  There have always been cycles of financial prosperity and times of financial downturn.

People will continue to be born, live, suffer illness, and die.  Wars will continue to rage, and people will continue to be challenged for as long as the planet keeps turning and being repopulated.  That is a given.

So, what's changed?  Why so glum chum?  I believe it's because in the face of all that will ever be continuously thrown before us, we are losing faith.  Faith in each other, faith in possibility and ingenuity.  Faith that there is a bigger picture than the one we can see and especially faith that there is someone bigger than us to turn to.

We seem to be conditioned to only see what is and not what could be.

There are no NEW ills that have befallen mankind. It's all the same stuff that has been going on in waves since the beginning.

As I look back at my life, I find the quote by Frederich Nietzsche to be true.  I'll admit, that as I passed through some of what eventually made me stronger, there were times I thought having it kill me would be easier...but it didn't.  I can remember how it felt to feel the sun begin to creep back into my soul after it seemed to have been away for so long.  As its' rays began melting the ice of sorrow, I felt stirrings of determination replacing the frost.

I will also admit, I would never have "chosen" those trials.  I further admit that while I was passing through them, I didn't enjoy them one bit!  But, I need to add, there was a sweetness that came from knowing that I'd lived to fight another day.  My resilience, born of suffering, is something that no one can take away from me.  It's mine.  It's the prize for a hard fought fight.

Take heart!  After the blackest night, the dawn does surely come.  It may not come at our beckoning, but it does arrive, always on time.



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