This is an excerpt from Dan Millman’s – “Wisdom of the Peaceful Warrior”.
It continues with…”No matter how dark it may seem, whatever the pain or emptiness we may feel — the sense of despair, the loss of hope or meaning — our dark night will be followed by a new dawn if we just endure. So take no desperate action; face the fear. Let the ego die, but protect the body. Allow this “death” to become a rebirth And as day follows night: the dark tunnel will lead to a greater light”.
Having recently also read the book called “A thousand little pieces” a brilliant and compelling semi-autobiography about James Frey and his battle to overcome major drug and alcohol addiction – one of the conversations he has was between him and an old gangster who saved his life by observing him leave the rehab center on his way to end it all. The old man follows him and grabs him and asks where he’s going and he tells the old man he’s done with trying and the old man says:
James: I’ve tried before. I can’t do it.
Old man: Why?
James: It’s too hard.
Old man: Life is hard kid, you gotta be harder. You gotta take it on and ﬁght for it… I don’t know what I think about Higher Powers and Twelve Steps and all the rest of what they talk about in here, but I do know that when things are tough, and when I don’t think I can last another minute, if I just hold on, hold on tight and with everything I got, the shit gets better”.
For those struggling out there. Hold on tight. You don’t know what’s around the corner, who is about to drop into your life or what tomorrow might bring. This is why I devoted a chapter in my book to Hope.
Always hold hope as an inner candle flame that never wavers “even if the worst goes before you”.
And remember that tomorrow is a blank page. You get to choose what will be written on it.