January 8, 2015

This Too Shall Pass

I live in an area of the world that has four seasons. The differences between our fall, winter, spring, and summer can be obvious. Yet, we don’t become anxious if we have extremes in weather; we know that it will change. With nature, permanence can be rare. Nature is not static any more than our lives are static.

For example, right now it is 9° Fahrenheit outside. It would normally be between 25° to 35°. Now, does that mean that I should panic? Should I be concerned that it will always remain 9° outside? No! That would be ludicrous. The weather will change; it always does. It’s a law of the universe.

Nothing remains the same forever—for better or for worse.

My College Years

In my college years, I was not popular. Let’s just say that I didn’t think and act in the same manner as anybody else. I was disrespected by many people. Well, I’m not in college anymore. I have moved on. I needn’t concern myself with the opinion of those detractors any longer.

In my book, Accept No Trash Talk, I mention one of many dreams in which I imagined myself revisiting my college years as a triumphant adult. In the dream, I confront the same type of bullies who I allowed to marginalize me as a student.

The following is a direct quote from my book:

My Dream--This dream seemed to send a symbolic message to me: I was returning to college as an older student. I was living in a college dormitory on campus. I was preparing to wash my clothes in the communal laundry room when two tall, handsome, well-dressed, grinning college-aged men entered the room and headed purposefully for me.

It was obvious the purpose of these young college students was to belittle me. On the surface, they seemed to be preparing to compliment me. Yet, I could sense the conversation was shifting into an amusing (to them) diatribe against what they considered to be my inadequacies. They were going to try to lull me into a false sense of feeling accepted while they prepared to vent their true feelings. I cut them off after about two sentences. I informed them I knew exactly what they were doing, and I wasn’t going to stand for it. I continued to lecture them as I chased them out the door and down the street.

Please keep in mind that I was fearlessly chasing two physically strong young men who probably weighed twice my own weight. To me, they represented the many real-life people who I would like to see reap the harvest of the trauma they caused to their victims.

My Conclusion

We can have peace no matter what’s going on in our lives. Whatever we’re going through now will end at some point. There will be plenty of endings in our lives; but, there will also be plenty of new beginnings.

We can take our lives one day at a time, challenge by challenge. As we go through certain trials, we will find the strength to conquer new ones. Our tests aren’t any more permanent than the weather; they just transform.

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