Endurance of the Human Spirit
We have a saying down here in the south, “what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.” In light of global developments or lack thereof, here are some of my thoughts regarding just that.
Adversity builds character
Like the mighty Oak that starts out as a little acorn, enduring weather, hardship, drought and wildlife to mature and provide shelter and shade for the weary. People around the world like an oak tree face obstacles throughout their life from the day they were born (like being banned from commenting to the Guardian.co.uk), only to be inspired, challenged to be made stronger and admired for their accomplishments. From brutal dictatorships, corrupt governments and geographical wastelands to societies that suppress freedoms of religion, thoughts, ideas and beliefs. Like the Phoenix from the ashes, sometimes the harshest environments bring forth the most flaming spirits. As any sports trainer will attest to resistance builds muscle. The obstacles and challenges we face in life whether self inflicted, acts of nature or just our happen to be circumstance have the ability to elevate us to a higher calling or purpose in life, the world or beyond. It may sound corny but adversity is an opportunity to rise to the occasion and fulfill ones destiny if confronted head on and not succumbed to. Some if not most of the greatest people in history were not born that way but grew into greatness through dire opposition (Moses, Churchill, Gandhi, MLK). A lot of the greatest people in history you never heard of because they let the enormity of darkness keep them huddled under the bed (not me). So when life gives you lemons, make lemon martinis or something like that. I am sure the reason the world has so many problems is because not enough people are stepping up, leaving a void to be filled by the likes of Gaddafi, Saddam, Kim Dong Il, etc. Come on we can do better, can we not.
Find strength wherever you can
Sometimes people flee their dire circumstances, crossing borders to pursue their dreams, other people stay, grow and try to make a difference and sometimes at a cost even the ultimate one. Whether from within the fire or from a safe distance, the best and bravest try and for that they get a point. No one is an island even if you live on one that is constantly battered by hurricanes (metaphor), there is always someone or many some ones that share your dreams and ambitions. So be it through faith, music, writing or the arts find like minded support and you will not be alone. It is a whole big scary world out there but help is always a click, call, text, smoke signal or journey away. There are role models to follow, if not living than posthumous ones, look for them or check them out in the library or on the world wide internet. We have all been gifted with an example to follow or the where with all to be one. Step up and do not let anything knock you down. If you search around hard enough or within yourself: you can find an inspiration to point the way to a better world for yourself and others. We all have it within us to be winners and leaders even if at some point we don’t know it or have the courage to embrace it.
Some things you can do or keep in mind
If you yourself are not destined for immortality perhaps someone you know or are close to is. You can provide moral support, inspiration or financial assistance directly or through a charity. Every little bit helps is a motto to encourage collective strength for good causes, that could be expanded. Sometimes the little guy/girl becomes a pillar with support and encouragement. Maybe that could be a new purposeful job for Al Gore since apparently he needs one until the planet actually does have a fever (more on that later).
Keep in mind the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for a good person to nothing. No matter how small or insignificant you may feel or think you are sometimes, one person can make a huge difference. There is no such thing as wasted human cells, good, bad or indifferent we all have a purpose; a reason for being here, whether we embrace it or not you can not say you were not given the opportunity to try. I often wonder if the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior had been born another race, ethnicity, time or place, would he have achieved his prominence in the annuls of history. After all, Moses was called upon and did not just volunteer to lead his people out of Egypt, you know. He was a little reluctant at first, himself. If a sparrow can move a house, what can you do to change the world? Unless of course you think the world is a perfect place already void of strife, hunger, violence, disease, totalitarianism and over all complete chaos in some places. The universe is smaller than you think and you are bigger and more important than it is. Whether overcoming Cancer or finding a cure for it, everyone has something to contribute, so why not get started today. Thank you for reading and remember comments are always welcome. Because unlike the Guardian.co.uk. I do not believe in censorship. Dedicated to, FC.