There are a many people who suffer. I mean genuinely suffer from some physical or emotional challenge. Most of us know something about pain. The more you know about it the more you learn to deal with it in one manner or another over time.
I’ve read that one of the big online marketing gurus suffers from major back troubles. That’s my lot also. You get truly different feelings about pain when it’s always there, month after month, year after year. Sure, you cope, as best you can. Some days better than others, but you work to cope.
After numerous years of doing that, I look differently at pain and people in pain than I used to. Someone said a ways back, that there is no such thing as a Dysfunctional family, they are all dysfunctional in some way. You know, that is close to the truth. After all, pain creates dysfunction as much as anything.
Take a close look at us all, at people. There is much suffering, a whole lot of it unnecessary, but it is still there. It was in this realization, that I came to wonder why we keep on going. What brings people OUT of the suffering? Or raises them above it? Why do I do THIS? Why does the cripple learn to function well in a wheelchair and strive to get a productive job? Why do we humans keep coming back from the emotional brink?
After several years of chronic pain I admit that there was a very strong feeling of just quitting. An actual desire to give up trying. It’s sometimes easier to succumb and shut out others. To just retreat inward. The feeling of saying “So what! Who cares. Just go away, and leave me alone.”
There were two things pushing me. There was a sort of spark, inside me. I believe we all have it. A spark connected to God that says, “There is more to you than this. You are so much more than emptiness – if you choose it to be so.” I have come to believe that as long as we are on this Earth there is something we are meant to accomplish. I have NO IDEA what it is. But if you are alive, there is a reason.
The spark was the internal pressure I felt. The other important factor came from outside myself. It was other people, those who cared about me. Many whom were not close to me physically at all. All together a bunch of people made sure to let me know that I was important to them in some way.
That spark and those people kept me from quitting. They kept me coming back for more. For more LIFE.
Now I look about myself and wonder – is there someone I can fan the spark for? No, my condition’s have not changed. My pain has not gone away. But I still have something to give, to give back, that is. Sometimes anyway. I have overpowering reasons for my desire. If I can ever give to another what was so unselfishly given to me then……I must!
We need to remember that there is something worth coming back into the light for. People! There is amazing power in the things we have to give each other. It just bowls me over.
Who can help raise your self-esteem? Affect your feeling of worth? Remind you of your reason for living? And boost your confidence in your own success? Others! Family! People! Are you OK yourself? At least for now? Then remember – who can you uplift today?
You see, that is why I share myself with you. To me it is my reason for living.
I hope you have a worthy reason to keep on keeping on. What does it for you? A job? A rut? A treadmill? I hope not! Where is the sense of thrill in that? In the name of LIFE make it MORE! Make it different! Grab onto a dream and let it run away with you. Make your life’s work the dream and you will never be tired, never bored or willing to give up! Mostly, make it about love and family and you will always be fulfilled! And no matter what hand you are dealt you will WIN with it.
Till next time. Good luck and God Bless.