A lasting peace? Can it ever be found? And if so, how does one achieve it?
We all go through tough times, and when we are in the heat of those times, we feel its misery. In fact, I seldom hear people say, “This is the pathway to the life I have longed for.” And for good reason.
Let’s not lie to ourselves – mental pain is ugly. Yes, it’s the hard truth. However, I like to think that it has a purpose. And I don’t think falling on challenging times is designed to make us miserable – at least, not entirely.
When I look back at my journey, for example, I know that it hasn’t been an easy one. What’s more, the rough path I have carved out of this thing called life has left me in a strange place.
Like coming out in a different location than planned after a long day’s hike, my life plan has been re-directed. In fact, I often find myself wondering, “How did I end up here?”
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But after slugging through the thick and untamed wilderness that is life, my destination is far from a miserable one. I mean, I would love to not have PTSD, but as a beautiful lady I know tells me, “It’s not in your hand.” Meaning I can’t control what has happened.
What I can do however, is embrace this beautiful meadow I have walked upon – its lush green grass, dew sparkling in the morning sunlight and the calm – man, it’s heaven.
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Even though my angst melts away and my exhaustion becomes apparent, I know that life’s amazing moments won’t last forever. Moreover, my mental health won’t allow for a continuity that brings a lasting peace. It doesn’t work that way.
While I’ve accepted that I have a small window of tolerance, I know it’s up to me to make the most out of life. Therefore, I must rest, but only for a brief time and then ready myself for a climb. A climb up a mountain that I failed to notice when I first happened upon the clearing.
As I let out a sigh, I stand to my feet, and armed with the knowledge that this climb will be hell. However, I also know that what lies at the top is a change at a whole new beauty. And this time? Well, it just may be the life-long peace I’ve been looking for.
“Please, like me, just keep moving forward. Happiness lies within the trek.”– Jonathan Arenburg. – A lasting peace?
A lasting peace?