Stand Still, If Just For A Moment

We live in a world in which it is so easy to run away from our problems. To hide behind our technology and let it do the talking. To walk down the streets, wired in with our ear buds, tuning out all the noise and confusion that lies around every street corner.

Robert Louis Stevenson said, “You cannot run away from a weakness; you must sometimes fight it out or perish. And if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?”

Do not let your fear hold you back from experiencing something that might be wonderful and might be exactly what you need, even if you don’t realize it at first appraisal. That experience might be a new job, a new relationship, a new friendship, a new class; it could be anything.

Just because people have let you down in the past does not mean that everyone will always continuously let you down. Just because a past experience led to misfortune or regret does not mean a future one holds the same fate. I write this, because I know it’s something I, too, have trouble remembering every so often. But then, usually, something happens to remind me that good still does exist in this world and that not everything will lead to heartbreak and dismay. It is important to understand that life is about embracing everything that is thrown our way. Taking chances, meeting new people, engaging in new experiences; it’s all part of opening yourself up.

Sometimes when you sit back and let it happen and don’t question, you eventually find the answers you were looking for; and they are far better than the answers you would have speculated.

We live in a world in which it is so easy to run away from our problems. But why do we? If we run towards them, we might just start finding the answers.

“Mind strong, body strong.

Try to find equilibrium.

Head straight, screwed on.

We’ve screwed up for too long.

I don’t want to lean on the waves.

I watch the storm evaporate.

I think of you in starry skies; I keep you so alive.

Let’s walk through the fire together

And disappear in the golden sands…”–Bush, The Sound of Winter

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