The past couple of years certainly have been hard on everybody. I haven’t met anybody who hasn’t struggled with grief, loss, change, illness, injury, or trauma since 2020. It seems that society has a collective case of post traumatic stress syndrome, and there’s no wide-scale cure for it. Different things speak to different people so, unfortunately, there’s no one fix that will help everybody. Each individual has to look within to reconcile the life they have now, on the other side of this chaos, and accept the present that exists.
I often have to remind myself that the past is gone, and this is a new day. Old things have passed away, both literally and figuratively depending on what situation and context I’m addressing. Acceptance comes hard, especially when the losses are things that we didn’t want to let go of, and yet that’s exactly what we must do. We must accept what we have and do the best we can with it if we want to continue to thrive and move forward in the purpose for our life.
Acceptance doesn’t mean that your pain is ok. Quite the opposite, it’s an internal agreement to reconcile that grief and pain into who and what you are today, and grow around it to find new hope and a new future. It means you can find joy, contentment, and happiness in the life that you’ve got. And you might as well do that, because you can’t get another reality. Sorry. For all of the theoretical physics on time, string theory, and the multiverse, it’s theoretical. That means “not real.” Believe me, I’ve noticed that I delved more into this in the past couple of years working through my own issues, but the truth is that I’ve had to look in the mirror, accept who I am today, and move on.
The process is different for us all, but I think one thing is collectively true: we have to let go, accept reality, and move on. Clinging to resentment and anger over things that happened one or two years ago is hurting us, and we need to take our lessons and get past it. It’s time to heal. It’s time to do what we must to become a new creation and make that “new normal” that we said we wanted.
It’s time to stop being a victim and start being a victor. It can be done. All you have to do is decide to do better, and live that truth each and every day.
Of course, I’m not suggesting that people who suffered recent tragedies should “get over it.” I’m simply saying that you need to be self aware enough to know what stage you’re in, and work through it properly. If you put a family member in hospice yesterday, lost a loved one last week, are recovering from an illness or injury that happened a month ago, or are struggling with home or job problems that manifested two weeks ago, then you're you are obviously at a different point on the path to healing, and shouldn't rush it. The purpose of this entry is to deal with the lingering grief and stress over things that happened in 2020 or early 2021 that we really need to move past and find peace with.
I know it’s not easy. I’m on that journey with you, and still have my days with setbacks that leave me upset, embarrassed, and wondering if I’m making any progress. It’s ok. We all falter. The key is to get up the next morning and start again with new resolve. The Lord’s mercies are new every morning. Accept that gift and be grateful for it.
A lot of people think the world is going to hell in a handbasket, and I understand why. It’s discouraging to see how anger and rage have set us back so much. But thankfully, it’s not too late to turn that around. I pray every day that the Lord will pour His healing power on every person in this world so that maybe, one day, we’ll wake up and start making individual progress that finally leads to a better day and a better way for all of us. And perhaps this will turn around, for the good of all.
Anything is possible. Despite what I said in my last entry, I haven’t lost hope for a better, progressive future for humanity. We just have to get more people focused on healing themselves and moving in a right direction. That comes with each and every one of us finding our healing, and moving forward in the wisdom that our trials provided.
That’s all today. Take care, and have a great week.