How do we deal with mental torment? I am highly creative, and imaginative. These are both gifts and curses. I wouldn't want to be without them, but, when I turn them in on myself, they are highly destructive. It is very easy for me to imagine the worst-case scenario, to create a blizzard of despair that blots out all hope of happiness in the future. It's a good job I've survived so many of those blizzards, isn't it? I know they are not the truth.
Now is not a good season for me. My issues are still not resolved, and are looming large in the real world, not just the world of the imagination. There are moments of delight, like candles in the dark, but the overall prospect is... you can guess.
My imagination turned to the day before World War II. Did people realise it was all going to change the next day? Thankfully, the positive side of my creative imagination then kicked in and perked up with, "What if this is The Day Before Happiness?" What if, tomorrow, I am about to be surprised by joy – a transformation of circumstance, fortune, and attitude that changes everthing?
On that positive note, my thoughts travelled to revisit two songs. The first, "Hold On," by Wilson Phillips exhorts us to hold on for one more day.
You can watch and listen to it here: http://bit.ly/2HLXH2z
The lyrics promise that things can change, and matters can go our way. What I like about this song is that there is no mention of life being unfair. In fact, the message is that the person being sung about has got themselves into their own mess. What they need is a change of mind, and to hold on for one more day. That rings true for me.
The message of hope is one of taking responsibility for playing a part in the change we want to see. There's always something we can do, even if that's determining to hold on for one more day.
The second song was written by Maria Grever, and is called, "What A Difference A Day Makes."
You can listen to a version of it here: http://bit.ly/2G8y7Dq
It's a romantic song, but if we were to swap the romance aspect for a strong sense of connection, it's relevant to all of us. The darkest times can be transformed by really connecting with someone else. When that happens, we too can reflect on what a difference a day makes, we'll be glad we held on, and we will realise that today might just be that day before happiness.
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