The Slap Of Life

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life has a way of slapping us in the face. Your life can be all good and filled with roses then all of a sudden one phone call, one wrong turn on the road, one wrong statement will change your world. The funny thing is that you never notice how drastic peoples lives change until yours changes. We look and but we do not notice, then when life turns around and slaps us we begin to see life through colored lenses. Suddenly, because you were cheated on, every couple that argues has someone cheating, because you lost your friend to cancer every symptom you feel is cancerous.

Sometimes life doesn’t change so fast and so dramatic. It can be very slow. It creeps up on us and suddenly we realize we are not who we used to be. We don’t have the passion we use to have, we no longer have the personal standards we once took so much pride and joy in. We now belong to the category of people who can’t take their own advice. I think when life creeps up on us, it’s even worse because there is no exact point we can use as the beginning of our “downfall”.

Sometimes nobody has any idea the blow life has dealt you. They still see you as “the pastor” when you are the one that needs to be running down the alter for salvation. They still think you are “the consultant” when you can’t even be cohesive in your own head. Other times life’s blow is visible for all with eyes to see. Everybody knows you lost your job and it was all your fault. Everyone knows you cheated on your wife.

If you find your heart resonating with anything I’ve said, all I can tell you is anything that has been demolished was first built and can surely be rebuilt, just know like Rome it will not be in a day, but it has to start on a day.

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