There is a light at the end of the tunnel and I feel like I have pushed my way back into the sunlight. Friends, readers and subscribers it has been a roller coaster year. Thank you for sticking with me through my mostly silent blog period. The time has come to “redux”. I love this word, it sounds so sophisticated. Redux is a literary term meaning “to bring back”. I am bringing EmptyBesters back with an update and reflection on the trickster nature of life’s best laid plans.
“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”
I was going to change the name of the blog. I wondered if it would still be relevant and resonate considering the changes that have occurred. Trusting my instincts I decided the name stays, the tag line changed, and the blog will evolve around it.
Some people have a smooth life journey, some have a few bumps in the road, others have their whole life go to hell in a hen basket. Yes, the latter applies.
We come to understand that no matter how awful the situation, we will get through it. There are people who have had similar, if not more challenging situations than I encountered. The difference in succumbing or overcoming a tough life challenge is the willingness not to accept the limitations that other people place on you.
“Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and down, but that’s its beauty.”
Amit Ray, World Peace: The Voice of the Mountain Bird
Is “self-pity” your frenemy? Maybe, but it can be an active part of the process in discovering your inner strength. It forces you to examine every aspect of a situation until it is time to show it the door and kick sadness to the floor.
In my journey discovered:
How generous and kind people can be.
How draining stress is to the mind and body.
How to seek pleasure in simplicity.
How to accept the things you cannot change.
How to raise a little hell to get the changes that are needed.
How to surrender to patience.
Visit with me, perhaps I can offer some insight and answer some questions around life altering change and overcoming adversity that will inspire your journey.
J. L. James
*In my next post I will describe what happened and how I found the strength to begin again.