Sometimes life is hard. We have to over-come one difficulty after another. The challenges for you may seem so hard when others seem to have it so easy. Fairness isn’t a factor in success and neither is the effort. Sometimes you are just stuck in the current of events, and the struggle is to keep your head above water until you breakthrough to the other side.
Sometimes we may feel like we are riding a barrel over the Niagara Falls. People who attempted going over the Falls, put in a lot of preparation before making their attempts, and many of them died. Except for natural disaster and war, much of what we face in life isn’t as harrowing. We just have day-to-day, common everyday challenges of financial difficulties, job changes, illness, births and deaths, car accidents, and other events that we know people have to cope with on a daily basis.
We try to prepare. We have insurance, a rainy-day fund, a disaster relief plan, and guiding principles to see us through, but none of this will prepare us for the physical and emotional struggles of going through loss, grief, and stress of life.
We just have to keep going, one step at a time. Some of those steps may be miss-steps. Sometimes we will feel like we have no control over our course. The world is full of people who just want to escape any way they can. They veg out, run off to the woods, seek solace in drink or drugs. The problem with these approaches is that they don’t solve the problem. Not making any decision, is making the decision to keep things the same.
By following our principles, and using your head we can make good decisions that will inch us toward a resolution of conflict and over-come difficulties. Others may not understand, and may even make other decisions, but this battle is our own, and belongs to no-one else. In fact, no-one can take our challenges from us.
As the saying goes, “Keep your eyes on the prize.” Or as one of my favorite books The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein says, “Keep your eyes on where you are going.” We just have to keep going, one step at a time, and keep looking forward until we breakthrough to the other side.