When I use to go camping back in the day, a new batch of books from the thrift store generally came along for the ride. Reading at bedtime or on the beach is a fav thing to do when I’m out in vacay land. The escape is like a holiday within a holiday!
Especially if it’s a nice, fluffy safe read.
One time I was handed a large bag of books from a friend before we head to the campground. So sweet! But I didn’t check them, and right at bedtime, found they were all murder mysteries. Scary stuff in my book. There was nothing else to read on that given night, so I leafed through the titles, then picked one that sounded less scary than the others.
WRONG. I didn’t get past the 2nd page when I glanced out all the windows to ensure we were safe, and checked the lock on the trailer door!
I think it’s a given we all like to feel safe and happy. Isn’t that what life should be filled with?
Unfortunately, bad things do happen. It’s a given that stories can become scary in between the romping-on-the-beach fun reads.
Bad stuff takes our breath away. It’s as if you have to plough through this 28 step grief program (or how it seems) to fully get it.
But then eventually, things somehow magically move forward.
They may lurch back and forth though, or even come to a screeching halt first. Or worse, move backwards again, kinda like a train changing cars in the middle of a busy road crossing.
Don’t you just hate that?
But every. single. time. something like this happens? It’s like a little step is custom built that is imperative for the next step to be even possible.
Stepping stones. Continuing chapters. Call it what you may.
Have you read MY STORY? Living proof right there.
Or here’s the story of how a mysterious illness started Funky Junk!
Thing is, we put so much effort into the impossible parts.
That’s just human nature. If 1000 people say something nice on Facebook but one says something cruel, we seem to remember THAT one loud and clear.
I like to think of my life in terms of a story book. My novel will be filled with happy times, glorious achievements, but also very tough and sometimes scary chapters. Only to rinse and repeat. It’s a story that will never really be over until you leave Earth. And even then, we hopefully leave a good legacy of sorts behind.
So, my point in all this?
When scary chapters hit, do all YOU can.
Then remember to step back, and place your faith on top.
Then let the story transpire.
And bend along with it.
I wrote this post for me, because I needed it today. I can’t seem to wade through my own murky waters, but when I speak to others, it somehow becomes easy.
Maybe try that. Then take your own advice!
And now to follow through…
Here’s a few more pick-me-up kinda reads if you need to fuel your empty tank…