The following quote is from Haruki Murakami:
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
And so; you find yourself down remedy lane, in question of these trials you’ve been handed and want an answer. You wonder why things are not going well and for the sake of being human; you wonder why you are alive.
The moment becomes something of a memory which only resurfaces once in a while. You are content; grateful for what you have earned but you are somewhat discouraged by what is around you. Do not look what they are doing. They are people passing by- like a word you come across in a pamphlet; it is there but you are (insert name) and that word is in a different context (trial) than you are.
when humility takes a back seat and you wander in your own ways, unfortunate things happen. Unless you build a dome around you, anything is possible however. What matters is the intentions you carry and what you do with your mind. Inner turbulence comes in many forms and sometimes we put it on the back burner until it grows (eg. Anxiety, depression, guilt, loneliness and frustration).
There is a key reason things happen; God’s will. Everyone should know that with free will comes free thinking and God promised free will so in that sense, we must learn to think healthy. The other day I was reading passages from a forum and there were countless people in desperation. The one thing they all had in common was bad thinking habits that lead to corrupted states (eg. Superiority complex, inferiority complex, peer pressure, lust/obsession,) and that is when things go awry.
This is not quite the same but instead of wanting to compete with others (which seems to be a big problem with most) try to find peace; solace. What do you believe in? Where do you want to go? Are you happy? Why? Why not?
Inner turbulence can cause a chain sling; before your very eyes, your friend may be feeling what you’re feeling. Do not let the world turn you to its ways because no matter what anyone says; the ways of the world are bad. The lesson you should learn from the degrees of your trials is that you are human and you are strong. Show the world that you do not have to be proud, mediocre and of the surface to be at peace.
Being at peace means to be content with who you are when nobody is looking; to be alone and with a heart of prudence and a mind of wisdom.
The world assumes the guise of a peasant for thirteen seconds and on that peasant there is an angel and a devil; both of intelligence and yearning but for different things. You are on that peasant; make it a good one full of prudence and peace.
The turbulence we carry at times is a way to test us; to see what makes us steer. We can beat the turbulence together if only we can see the other side.
the things we tell ourselves to get us by, the feeling after a trial has come; it is to your advantage so that one day when another trial comes; you now have the strength to withstand it more than the last.
I am leaving one more quote now from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress:
“Difficulty is behind, fear is before, though he’s got on the hill, the lions roar. A Christian man is never long at ease: when one freight’s gone, another doth him seize.”