The Battlefield of Life

Barbed wire2
Barbed wire by James Whitesmith courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY-ND 2.0

More often than not life feels as though it is a never ending series of obstacles to be got over, around or under, a relentless battle. The times when everything runs smoothly and everyone we care about is well and happy tend to be all too brief ceasefires in the otherwise constant barrage.

When our spirits are up we can solider on through the troubles refusing to be beaten down but when we are already feeling a little low the continual problems and niggles can weigh us down.

Shred me
Shred me by David Goehring courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY 2.0

We’ve all had our hearts broken at different times. The natural reaction is to protect our battered heart behind a shield so that feelings can never penetrate that deeply again and no new heart break can be suffered but to live a life like this is to live only half a life, unconnected and adrift. If you are not fully connecting with people and engaging with the world around you, you will miss out on all the good things life has to offer, of which there are so many. It would be like living your life behind glass. Safe but anodyne.

Behind glass
Behind glass by Storebukkebruse courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY 2.0

So next time you suffer a shock to your emotional system it’s okay to take a timeout in the field hospital of life to repair the damage and renew your spirits but never be tempted to linger there for long.

In order to hide away and save yourself from pain you would also be forfeiting the chance of joy because a life well lived is one that experiences both extremes.

Happy and sad
Happy and Sad by Michael Coghlan courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

Only then can you truly appreciate the good times when they arrive.

Joy by 夏爱克 courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY 2.0

If you’ve been following my blog this week you’ll know The Flower Seller is taking part in Author Shout’s Cover Wars.  Voting closes at 1.00 p.m. GMT 8.00 a.m. EST today (Sunday). Thank you to everyone who has voted so far.  I have been overwhelmed by the support!

As I type this I am in second place. Your vote could make all the difference!  If you love the cover and would like to vote you can do so by visiting the Author Shout site You will need to like their Facebook page, tweet or G+ them and then you are able to vote for your favourite cover BUT you must only vote once in every 24 hour period of your vote will not count.


The Flower Seller Cover and Blurb
Have love and loyalty gone out of fashion? The Flower Seller by Ellie Holmes available from Amazon now

4 thoughts on “The Battlefield of Life

  1. Jo-Ann Carson 31/07/2016 / 1:50 pm

    I went to vote, but you’re no lomger there.
    Great cover.


    • ellieholmesauthor 31/07/2016 / 6:07 pm

      It’s the thought that counts! Thanks so much. The Flower Seller cover was pipped at the post 😦 but taking part was fun.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jax Burrows 31/07/2016 / 4:48 pm

    Thanks Ellie. I needed to hear this today. Take time out in the field hospital of life, but don’t linger too long. Wise words. Good luck with your book cover contest.


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