Life has a way of sneaking up on you and smacking you in the face doesn’t it? Sometimes that is good, but a lot of times it wakes you to something more serious in your life or around you. We can see it coming at times, and other times it blindsides us like a line backer in your blind spot. You have all intentions of just staying focused, then a freight train hammers you sending shock-waves to every part of your body. In an instant, everything changes – your vision blurs, pain flashes, you feel yourself falling, and the worst part, you are powerless to stop it.
It may feel like everything is going in slow motion, which just seems to exaggerate the pain or the shock. At some point, you eventually stop fighting, it is easier isn’t it? Why should you fight it? Why should you prolong the inevitable? You had set things or people in place to protect you, but they failed. You begin to rationalize that it wasn’t your fault. You get angry.
“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.”
– James Thurber
Ultimately going blind, James Thurber had every reason to be angry at his life, and I guarantee you he didn’t plan on going blind at an early age; but that didn’t stop him. He refused to look at his past in anger, or his future in fear. He looked around him and said, this is what I can do, I’m gonna do it, no matter what.
In our own lives, when something blindsides us, we let it take control – we live in fear. If every person lived their life as a James Therber, a Brett Favre, or any number of other people who got knocked down but manage to get back up again, this world would be a completely different place.
Embrace each moment, the good and the bad. Don’t look ahead in fear or behind in anger. Your circumstance does not define your future or who are, you do.