The difference between “nowhere” and “now here” is a little space
Life is a journey with many ups and downs, twists and turns, joys and heartaches. When the down times and heartaches come, you need to remember they are not your final destination–they are just part of the journey.
I have been writing much, recently, about how to deal with the hard, dark periods in your life because, honestly, I am going through hard, dark times in my own life right now. I have recently been diagnosed with a fairly aggressive form of prostate cancer at age 50, and I am also dealing with some very stressful personal and family situations. Frankly, none of this is what I thought I would be dealing with at this point in my life. Nevertheless, I’ve learned a few things about life and living in my 50 years. I know that I am not “nowhere.”
It may seem like the easiest thing to do, when your life appears to be falling apart, is to just give up and sit in the rubble of your shattered dreams. Let me tell you this quite plainly: it is not the easiest thing to do! In fact, it is the hardest and worst thing you can do. You need to not see your current failures and hardships as your final destination, because they are not! It takes more energy for you sit in misery, replaying in your mind all of the mistakes and all of the pain, than it does to remind yourself that life is a journey and this is just part of that journey. The easiest and best thing for you to do is to take several deep breaths, admit to and own your part in what happened, and take steps to keep moving on. One step at a time is the only way to move through and put some space between where you are and where you belong!
Perhaps you have been longing to arrive at your destination, reach your goals and declare yourself “now here,” only to suffer a mighty setback and feel like you have actually arrived at “nowhere!” There is hope! You need to keep moving forward, keep pressing on toward the goal, keeping your eyes fixed on God and having faith that you are loved more than you can possibly imagine. By taping into that love, you will find the strength and hope to continue through the difficulties.
The Beatles wrote this great lyric: “Nowhere Man, please listen. You don’t know what you’re missing. Nowhere Man, the world is at your command!” If you will keep moving through your hardships, one day and one step at a time, you will, someday soon, look back and realize the difference between “nowhere” and “now here” was just a little space!
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