One of my favourite Simply Red songs is Your Mirror. The melody caught my attention first, but it's the lyrics that over time have come to reflect how I occasionally find myself perceiving life.
In the darkest moments when emotional or physical pain, (sometimes both,) threatens to consume all right minded thinking it's hard to imagine a life beyond this pin-prick point. Or a time when you did not feel drained of your last measure of strength.
If I've learned anything in life it's that nothing is permanent, including discomfort and pain. Although reminding yourself of this valuable slice of wisdom cometh the hour is, I grant you, not quite so easy. One thing impacts on another and before you know where you are the slippery slope begins to loom and you wonder where it's all going to end.
And at the heart of all this anguish and pain lies fear...
Of what happens next.
Of 'what if...?'
Of never finding your way back to who you were before.
Where does the strength to continue come from I wonder, when the darkness threatens to consume?
The only answer I can come up with is: Within.
We are our own worst enemies in times of despair and doubt and yet we are also our greatest asset when push comes to shove.
All of us, without exception, have the ability to endure in the face of adversity. To recognise even in the midst of chaos that peace will triumph and reign once more. Maybe the real battle lies in finding this out? The challenge becomes the vehicle and the opportunity.
A shift in perception is required. Pain and misery attract more of the same. It makes sense then that a raised level of consciousness focused only on the positive will also attract like for like.
I didn't say it would be easy.
Just that it is possible.
If you genuinely want it to be.
Never cease to be amazed then, by how remarkable you truly are. Your beauty really does lie within you. Your beauty, your strength and your grace.
Look in the mirror, baby.