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