This time we are in right now—this total disruption of our previous intentions and of our plans made for the current year and maybe even for the next—times when we were naively hiking up that rugged mountain path and it suddenly crumbled beneath our feet sending us into free-fall down toward the valley below; yes, times like these that have become all too familiar to us, that’s when we know that no matter how strongly we think that WE are in charge of our own lives, sometimes LIFE itself has something else in mind for us.
You can call it a ‘Sit down wayward child—it’s time for reflection’ moment or you can call it a ‘higher-intention’s collective course-correction,’ or even call it ‘a collective initiation’ per Dr. Joe’s description of it. You can think of it in whatever way that best helps you shift your personal perspective on what is globally happening at present to all of us, but it feels a bit too familiar to me not to recognize its possible greater significance to all of us individually and as a group presence here.
About a decade ago I was in a relatable situation where my intended life suddenly changed from planning a stable, goal-focused future into something I would have previously called unimaginable. My predictable life excursion hit a sudden road-block that required an unexpected detour through the ‘Badlands Territory’ of survival-focused existence where it took all of my strength and endurance to simply ‘tough-it-out’ hour-by-hour, day-by-day, for years, until the worst of my extended ordeal was over.
So for me personally, at this stage of my life and due to my isolated mid-western location, this current life disruption has been far milder than most others are experiencing, but to those of you who have been personally affected by the Covid-19 virus or the side-effects of it on family and friends, I know that this pandemic has been quite devastating.
And to those of you who are just barely keeping your own and your family’s heads above the water, I empathize and offer words of encouragement and support, which actually mean little if you don’t have enough to eat or a warm place to lay your head, or worse—if someone that you loved has been taken by the virus.
But because of what I had personally experienced during the extent of my own ordeal, I can tell you with first-hand knowledge, how situations that test your levels of fortitude are the ones that most strengthen the ‘inner you’ because they build your character—they heighten your resolve—they help you discover those hidden reserves of patience and determination to survive the ordeal with some semblance of your sanity still intact.
I could tell you that situations like these presently trying-times amp up your resourcefulness and inspire your creative instincts to meet whatever current or possible future challenges that you might face.
I could also tell you that there are advantages to being “tested” in this manner, but they certainly won’t feel like ‘advantages’ right now. Only time and dissipating pain allows for that perspective adjustment.
I could tell you that there are those friends who will stick beside you no matter what you must face, and of course there those who won’t, but you’ll find that out quick enough for yourselves.
I could tell you that ALL of those onerous NEW experiences in the ‘baddest of the Badlands Territory’ are helping you to remap the presently inhospitable terrains that we all must share, in terms of rethinking your life in general; and how this arduous and exhausting journey that you’ve been suddenly redirected into, will strip away your once over-inflated ego until you are left with only the distilled essence of ‘humbleness’ as evidence of your TRUE being.
It is from this stripped-down, reconstituted-self that you will then intentionally crawl around your desolate testing terrain, sifting through the gritty gravel and the dirt with raw and bloodied fingers, for anything—and I mean anything, to go right once again in your life.
And then one day you will find it—that one RIGHT thing—and that simple discovery will give you renewed hope for a better tomorrow—for a possible better life ahead, that you can just barely see on the distant horizon while praying to whatever you believe in, that it’s not a mirage.
Since the devastating, world-wide pandemic of 1918—over the last one-hundred years of both human and inhuman behaviors—millions of people known and unknown have fared far worse than most of us have ever experienced during the current health crisis. For each of those previous victims or survivors, I offer my personal gratitude—with both compassion for their endured pain and appreciation for their resilience and tenacity to survive it, because those previous survivors, our ancestors, are the sole reason why WE are here now.
For both those who did survive their own ordeals, and even for those who didn’t, they demonstrated what it takes to be human in this sometimes harsh world: It takes love and compassion for others. It takes determination and perseverance to keep fighting against insurmountable odds; and it often takes a true inner desire to rise above the coldest and darkest hours that LIFE can lay down upon us, to yearn for the warm sunshine on our faces once again which brings renewed and welcomed LIGHT back into our lives.
In truth there may be many reasons for the current situation we all are experiencing at present—some created by humans, and some not.
But the only option for how you handle whatever it is that you must face, is entirely your choice.
It’s up to you to make of this situation what you will—you can use it as evidence of a burden too great to bear and give up your efforts to resist it, or you can use it as the challenge that strengthens your resolve to overcome ALL obstacles that you must face, and make it the impetus to RISE AGAIN even stronger than you were previously.
These are, in fact, the ‘testing grounds’ of our current LIFE detour, but only you can determine how you will meet whatever challenge that might lie ahead for you, and likewise, for ALL of us through our shared life experience.