Falling down is a part of life I know all too well. At times I feel like I may never get back up. When I’m down I take comfort in vices that numb my senses and stunt my ability to make progress. It makes no difference if it’s drugs, money, sex or violence; they are all the same type of distraction. They temporarily fill the void I feel and keep me stuck.
When I’m struggling it can I feel like I will never make it past whatever I’m feeling. I once heard someone make the analogy of hard times in our lives being like the seasons. He likened depressions and funks to a brutal, cold winter. The fact of the matter is it will take time, but eventually the seasons will change. Winter will turn into spring. The snow will melt, the flowers will bloom and you will feel the warmth of the sun again. The same thing can be true for difficult times in our lives.
People become accustomed to living at a level much less than what they are capable of. I know I certainly have lived this way. It’s not that I didn’t care, it was more so I was unsure of how to change and what my first step should be. What people don’t often recognize is it doesn’t matter so much what your first step is; what matters is that you make an effort and take action towards lifting yourself up.
There are few circumstances too difficult that the resilient human mind can’t endure. There are stories of those abused and forced to live in the worst conditions imaginable who have created amazing lives for themselves through hard work and dedication. Take for instance the story of Viktor Frankl. He was a holocaust survivor, the horrors he endured most of us couldn’t fathom. He used his experiences in the concentration camps as the basis for writing books and making strides in the fields of therapy and psychology. The basis for one of his most famous books, Man’s Search for Meaning, was how he discovered the importance of finding meaning in all forms of existence and a reason to continue living; even when faced with the cruel reality of life in a concentration camp. (more…)