Sometimes I cannot believe the difficulties that I have actually overcome. The painstaking, melancholy of life has left its marks on my soul as well as my body, yet here I still am. Yet I often question whether human really do overcome the things that they endure. Overcoming is a powerful phenomenon and understanding what it really is requires some deeper level of consideration. The pain, the anguish, the betrayal as well as all the other set backs, so what does it really mean to overcome something? Do we actually overcome or do we just learn to live life because that is the only option we have available? A majority of the time we as human seem to just adapt and ‘overcome’ the hindrance that has come our way.
Overcoming to me is a form of getting past an obstacle of some sort, this can be emotional, practical, internal or external. But the difference I see is that overcoming means accepting the situation or obstacle and using it in a manner which aids personal development. The overcoming process is not an easy one, its one that is a struggle, painful and often one where you lose some aspect of your being or life. It is not a simplified process and more of a life process of learning to adjust and adapt to difficult changes with sacrifices on the way. Do we ever really overcome these moments? How can we really overcome the pain of a broken heart or a failure of some form? Isn’t the word overcome just a masquerade for adaptation and learning to live with loss?
I am not what I have done, I am what I have overcome.
If you’re not getting the love you’re giving then you’re loving the wrong person. If you’re getting more love than you’re giving then you’re about to lose that person. Know where you stand and make adjustments.
Surely God is good to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
They have no struggles;
their bodies are healthy and strong.
They are free from common human burdens;
they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
they clothe themselves with violence.
From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
their evil imaginations have no limits.
They scoff, and speak with malice;
with arrogance they threaten oppression.
Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
and their tongues take possession of the earth.
Therefore their people turn to them
and drink up waters in abundance.
They say, “How would God know?
Does the Most High know anything?”
This is what the wicked are like—
always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
and have washed my hands in innocence.
A beautiful quote which describes so well many of people I have encountered. Although this is from the Bible, I feel it can be applied to a wide range of situations. The words are so powerful yet so true. It elicits a sense of pride for people who really and truly do follow the path of truth, honesty. Followers of the truth and that which is fair often stand alone, crying a tear or two in darkness to overcome the pain, set backs and struggles of fighting. Such people are often simple in their thoughts, ideas and live a fairly simple life. I have seen such people suffer at the hands of evil. Their tears silent, their anguish private but struggle visible, and unmoved. This evil need not be limited to death and destruction in masses, but in the smallness of words, the smallness of actions and inactions. Ignorance, rudeness, violence, oppression, control and much more are all stems of evil. But it is this simplicity of people who are honest which sets them apart from all the rest; their faith and resilience contributes to their long lasting success. Let us not hurt those who are innocent and let us not underestimate the power an innocent person has against evil.
Don’t let the one you love go to sleep upset. Because, they will only toss and turn in frustration until sadness pulls them into sleep, and tears stain their pillow. Don’t let them feel alone and isolated for they will only lose hope and trust.
You’ll be their first thought when they wakes up, and more than anything they will wish they could go back to sleep, back to the silence, back to the empty blackness. Don’t do this to them, they are worth so much more, if they weren’t, they wouldn’t care, they would cry, they wouldn’t hurt and they wouldn’t be in so much pain.