We’ve all experienced defeat, failure, and loss. We’re imperfect people living in an imperfect world, and that imperfection demonstrates itself sometimes in the people and circumstances of life. Our best efforts fail. Our best ideas fall short. Our best intentions go wrong. Our hard work goes unrecognized, or fails, and its all for nothing (at least with the purpose you had in mind). What we believe is right is actually wrong. The path we thought was going forward dead ends. Prayers and hopes for healing and restoration end in death. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and we’ve all taken journeys on it. You have so many questions, and no answers or inspiration for what comes next. What do you do in the wake of a failure? How do you move on from the confusion and disappointment when you have no idea of what to do next? How do you pick yourself up and recover? Is it possible to find anything worthy that can be perceived as possible when your world was just smashed to pieces? It’s a dark place filled with grief and desperation to find any light of hope.
These are the times that really test us. Picking up the broken pieces and moving on isn’t something that can be done with grace. We press forward through confusion, frustration, and grief of our losses, disappointments, and failures. The world keeps turning, and we go with it through the strength of our faith and our soul. Positive thinking lights the path simply through gratitude for what’s left for us to work and wisdom from the failing to find that hope for a new reality. It’s especially frustrating when the things that aggravate the piss out of you are as solid as Olympus Mons, and seem to keep getting bigger, while what your goals, hopes, dreams, loves, and hard work pass through a seeming revolving door. No doubt, that’s a stinging injustice of life that rubs us all raw.
I’m interested to see how Team Flash deals with their devastating losses as we move through the final episodes of the
season. This fiction is definitely a reflection of reality, and these awkward places aren’t often dealt with on television or in movies to this degree. Sure, we see heroes fail and struggle, but its only recently that I see it to the degree of finality and futility that we sometimes experience in reality. Its good to see the mirror of fiction showing an uncomfortable reflection of reality. Its something we don’t like to talk about, because we fear our words will claim it, as if it were contagious. How foolish is it to believe the superstition that silence is safety? Yes, words have power, so why aren’t we harnessing that power to help and support those who are a season when they need it? Kudos to The Flash for having the boldness to bring the devastation of failure and loss into the light of prime time TV.
That’s all today. Take care, and have a great rest of the week.