Selfies kill more people than sharks. So far this year eight people have been killed by sharks, while 12 have been the cause of their own demise while taking a selfie. Distracted selfie-takers fell off cliffs, crashed their cars, hit by trains, and even shot themselves while posing with guns.
It has been said that life kills you more acutely than death. It hurts when you go through something that kills you inside but you have to act like it doesn’t affect you.
What about you? Is it a financial crisis staring you right in the face? Do you live in a home situation which tears your spirit apart? Have your children hurt you, or has a child brought anguish to you? Has sickness or pain brought you down to the valley of death? Have you lost a job? Is your future scary and uncertain? Is your relationship in trouble? Has death of a loved one left you depressed, lonely and empty?
Do you feel overwhelmed right now? Have you tried so many ways to see it through, yet nothing seems to help? Have you grown tired of trying? Have you almost decided there is no way out? Have you reached the end of your rope? Have you said to your heart, “I don’t know what to do now!”?
Let me tell you something you already know. The world is not all sunshine and rainbows. It can be a very mean and nasty place and no matter how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.
The hard part about being pushed to the point of desperation is reeling yourself back in and regaining control. You don’t get to choose who dies or leave you, or what happens to you, but you get to choose how you stand and how you move forward. You get to choose how you think and where you put your attention and focus.
I, too, have my battles. I do get plunged into darkness and confusion, on occasion. I am no better or worse than anyone reading this post.
In hard times, we generally get down on ourselves and begin to feel sorry for ourselves and we become angry and bitter as well. We sink deeper and deeper. It’s difficult to stop this process, but one way to get a handle on it is to remember again that no condition in life is permanent. It is important in times of despair to focus on what you didn’t lose more than what you lost.
Some may deny that there is a power greater than all of us, but I am not one. People come into your life at the right time. Friends show up exactly when you are in need of them. Coincidence, it has been said, is God’s way of staying anonymous.
All of us have been in situations that appeared hopeless, and yet we survived. We found a way. or perhaps the way was shown to us.
Accept the fact that some things just have to run their course, creating new opportunities, building character, and providing experience. Situations have a way of working out, and they can do it quicker and better if left alone.