I’ve had a pretty challenging past 24 hours. And, being only human, I have felt very frustrated and quite miserable.
This morning, a variety of events took place that really challenged me. It all felt like just too much. (I am sure that you can identify with that feeling – feeling completely overwhelmed by life’s challenges). I was about to phone a friend and ask them to come and find me and just hold me while I sobbed. But, before I did, something ‘dawned’ on me, or, should I say, I had a bit of an epiphany:
- Life is hard – and experiencing this is something experienced by all living beings;
- Sometimes, life is going to be particularly hard – but these do not last forever;
- Compared to many people in the world, my life is absolutely fantastic; and
- That I need to make a choice – to allow myself to have a mini-meltdown, or, to choose to carry on driving and do the things that I need to do.
Of course, we are all entitled to our emotions. There ARE going to be times in which we feel that we just cannot carry on. There will be situations in our lives that will cause us great sadness or great stress.
But, just as certain, there will also be GREAT moments. Life will also sometimes be good. There will also be situations that bring us immense joy and satisfaction.
In Italian, there is an expression ‘La vita e’ bella’ – this means ‘Life is beautiful’.
Oprah Winfrey (the famous US TV presenter) would often ask her audience ‘what do you know for certain?’.
Well, one of the things that I know for certain is that life is incredibly difficult, and, life is also incredibly beautiful.
I would like to end today’s post with a short reference to quite a beautiful story that appears in the Christian Bible, in the Jewish Torah, as well as in the Muslim Koran …
All three of these Holy Books tell us of how Joshua and Caleb were amongst a group of 12 people sent by Moses to go and report on what things looked like in the land of Canaan. When the group of people returned to give Moses their feedback, 10 of the 12 people gave really negative opinions about what the situation was like in Canaan. The main feedback given to Moses was that Canaan was ‘Eretz Ochelet Yoshveiah’ [Hebrew for ‘A land that devours its inhabitants]. However, contrary to that negative feedback, Caleb and Joshua said that Canaan was in fact ‘Eretz Zavat Halav U’Dvash’ [Hebrew for ‘A land flowing with milk and honey’].
Why do I mention this story? Well, today I choose to believe that my life is going to contain ‘milk and honey’. And, that I am ready and waiting for the good stuff (‘milk and honey’).
Wishing you all a happy day!
Take care of yourselves.