#389: A Journey Without End
Thursday, August 05, 2010
We are all on a lifelong journey, one that will never end until our last day. It is a multi-faceted trip that will have many detours and forks in the road. There will be times we will be on a fast track and times we hit slow zones. But we continue our journey regardless.
We overcome the obstacles in our way. We find ways over and around hurdles blocking our path. We acknowledge that life will be like driving in mountains, with breathtaking peaks one moment and deep valleys the next. We realize that our paths will not always be smooth. But we never give up, because this is what life requires of us.
In math there is the concept of the bell curve that says that given enough of anything that 80 percent of it will fall in a middle range with 10 percent at the high end and 10 percent falling at the low end. The concept is more detailed but is relevant to us because the majority of our lives will slide along as average. The rest of our time here is filled with euphoric highs and depressing lows.
The highs and the mundane times are easy to handle, aren't they? It is the down periods that test our fortitude and resolve. This is when we need to dig deep inside ourselves and find the belief that things will get better and that the bad times will not stay with us forever.
Lately, my life's lows have felt like the 80 percent instead of 10, but I know better. Living is a life-long activity and these extreme times are but a minor part of my overall time on earth. Sure, it is often extremely difficult to stay positive and a few times I don't feel that way. But those feelings are fleeting. What gets me through, when I think I can not handle more tribulations, is my bedrock belief that hard times do not last.
Our lows may bring tears and feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness. That's understandable and are normal reactions. If we embrace these feelings and continue to truly know deep in our hearts that the sun will shine again tomorrow, we can beat these dismal dips in the road.
Let's keep our eyes on our destination, stay positive and always believe in ourselves. If we do, life can be a marvelous journey, one that leads us to an everlasting life afterward.