is peace: if you look to yourself to find it).
think that there isn't anyone who could deny the fact that human
beings are complex creatures, with much more to them than what greets
the eye. We feel anger, love, sympathy, frustration, hurt and a
dozen other emotions throughout our lives.
moves at a whirlwind pace, constantly shifting us from one circumstance
to another, sometimes forcing us from one emotion to the next within
moments. Is it any wonder, then, that most of us have experienced
deep sadness or depression? Is it any wonder that we sometimes feel
so very out of control of own lives?
during the trials of my life, I have often wondered, "how do others
do it? How does everyone else find the strength to crawl out of
bed one more day?" It used to seem mind boggling to me and extremely
incomprehensible. But then finally, I discovered the answer.
God placed us on this hectic earth that sometimes seems out
of control but I couldn't believe that the loving, kind and merciful
God I had been taught to believe in would place us on this out of
control earth without giving us gifts: tools, to help us find the
eye of life's storm.
was right. He has given each of us several different weapons
to help control our lives. One of the best weapons He's given us
is our talent, our self-expression. Mine happens to be writing,
while my sister's is in designing clothes. Others find theirs in
singing or acting or sports or any number of things. There are as
many different forms of self-expression, talent, as there are people
but the point is that we all have one. If we can only look within
ourselves and discover our talents, then we can use them to help
us feel better whenever the going gets tough. Whenever I feel overwhelmed,
for instance, I pull out my pen and within moments, literally, I'm
taken away to a fictional world and everything is within my grasp
once more. Not only does using our talents help us feel better about
the situation, it helps us feel better about ourselves. Wouldn't
you agree that just having good self-esteem often helps us conquer
God is full of grace and understanding: He realized that some
people may never find their talent or be able to learn to use it
instead of more unhealthy ways to live, so He provided another outlet:
words. Though sometimes used in anger that can be weapons of pain
and degradation, words are, I believe, one of healing's most remarkable
assets. Just talking about our lives and the many different emotions
we have helps so much. It gives us a sense of not being alone, and
the knowledge that another human being cares enough to listen to
us talk about those things, and to understand, can provide immense
relief. Sometimes, it's even harder to learn to use words for our
benefit as part of the comforting and healing process, but when
we do, I believe, it is one of the most effective.
all, God created Eve because Adam was lonely and didn't have
anyone to talk to about the challenges of living in an out of control
world or to share it's joys. Since the beginning of creation, then,
conversation has been one of man's most valuable and powerful tools.
though, is all-knowing and He knew that the many millions of people
He would create would all have different personalities. Some would
find peace and happiness with self-expression, while others would
find it with the communicative ability of words. But what about
the rest of the people? And what about those times when self-expression
and conversation aren't enough even for those who know how to appreciate
and use them? What then? Were humans meant to merely suffer?
those people, and those times, God provided the most powerful tool
of all and often the most effective, for any situation. Being able
to actually talk to God Himself is an experience that can give the
soul its greatest control, its greatest peace. Yes, this life is
a whirlwind but talking to the One who created it can help restore
order to it, and help us through life's more difficult moments.
believe that each and every day is filled with as many good
things as bad things. The key, though, is to open our eyes and discover
the small acts of kindness given to us by strangers and friends
alike. When we have control and order in our lives and when we stand
in the middle of happiness' light then it's easier to see those
daily good events. And though it's hard sometimes,
when we use those gifts God has given us: self-expression, conversation
and prayer, to combat the more confusing and difficult moments,
then we are more quick to find, and appreciate, the happiness that
we were all meant to find.