When terrible things happen, it is easy for people to find themselves floating along with the current, uninterested in the world around them. It carries them along, with no purpose and no destination. It’s a lonely place to be, stuck with only their thoughts. The same thoughts that prevent them from escaping the current. There is a way out, but it takes strength. Unfortunately, the longer they live that way the more difficult it is for them to escape from it.
When a person is drowning, they must have something to grab a hold of. That something is a dream, a plan or a goal for the future. If they have nothing to look forward to, then where will they find the motivation or determination to live?
At some point, most of us will face something that will turn our life upside down. It may be an illness, the death of a loved one or a disaster that hits unexpectedly. These are all situations that we have no control over. What we can control is how we react. Will we let it take a hold of us until we drown in our own suffering, or will we arise from the depths? We have to be the champions of our own life. We can either be defeated, or we can get up and be made stronger.
That’s a lot easier said than done, and that is why we must have a dream for the future. We have to have something to live for. It doesn’t have to be a big outlandish dream. It can be simple. The purchase of a house, a vacation, a place of retirement or watching our grandchildren graduate high school.
Whatever it may be that motivates you to move forward, hold onto it no matter what comes your way. You will need that dream, to give you strength when you are weak.
Thank you April for the inspiration behind this post.