I don’t know about you, but there are days when I get discouraged or overwhelmed. You see, I set out with high hopes each day. I assume nothing will go wrong, and no obstacles or impediments will get in my way. Isn’t that unrealistic of me? Of course it is. Life doesn’t work that way, does it? Yet it startles me when my efforts fall short, or someone is in a bad mood, which in turn affects me. This is especially true of course when the problem is caused by me.
The other day I posted a recipe for coconut milk yogurt. It wasn’t my recipe, and I made that clear. I gave the link for the recipe and in addition pasted the entire article onto my blog, giving the author full credit–her name and information were included in what I pasted, and I never took credit for her work.
Unfortunately, I didn’t ask the author’s permission. I assumed it wasn’t necessary since it was obvious to one and all that it was her work, and not mine. She complained to WordPress about it, and WordPress sent me a warning to take it down, and that if I violated the rules again they would shut me down. Yikes. More than a little bit of a screw-up on my part.
I immediately took down the post, and sent a message to the author, apologizing for my behavior. I was pretty scared by that warning, and I am attempting to go back through past posts and determine if I have done that in the past.
Now I am not saying that this setback is a single defeat nor a final defeat for me. I am saying that it is easy in our lives to get discouraged. It is easy for our hearts to feel swamped, drowned, discouraged. It is easy to feel hopeless. The sands shift beneath us, and we lose our footing and our vigor. Big things happen in this world that at times make us frightened, discouraged, or even bitter.
But you see, we must remember that the things that happen are single defeats. Yes, I know, at times these are yet another link in a seemingly endless chain of single defeats. But they are not the final defeat. How do I know? Well, as long as I have breath in me, I know that there is a glimmer of hope. How can I say that? I know it in the core of my being because there continues to be people who will insist on standing in the fray, and doing the right thing.
There are days that kick the stuffing out of us….but then, there are people who come along and restore us. In this world, we must go that extra mile. We must try to restore and build each other up, each and every day. We must treat others with the care we wished everyone gave us. We must bind up each others’ wounds.
This world will get better if enough of us realize that we who love will not be defeated. In the short run perhaps we will be defeated at times. That is to be expected, because no one gets their way all the time. But if we each attend to one another, things will gradually improve.
Perhaps you are feeling battle weary and that you just cannot continue to stand in the fray. Perhaps you feel defeated and care worn. Put your feet up and rest. Have a cup of coffee. Go to your happy place in your mind. Know this: there are good-hearted people who have your back. I know; some days that doesn’t even begin to cover it. There are days when the hurt, sorrow, or even anger runs to your core. I want you to know one thing: you are in my prayers and thoughts. More battles lie ahead; rest and restore yourself. May you be infused with a glimmer of hope that grows and glows.