A warrior of light knows that certain moments repeat themselves.
He often finds himself faced by the same problems and situations, and seeing these difficult situations return, he grows depressed, thinking that he is incapable of making any progress in life.
‘I’ve been through all this before,’ he says to his heart.
‘Yes, you have been through all this before,’ replies his heart. ‘But you have never been beyond it.’
Then the warrior realizes that these repeated experiences have but one aim: to teach him what he does not want to learn.
These words have been my salvation on many occasions. I cannot tell you how often I have lost hope with writing because the same problems arise. Writer’s block. Depression. Feeling like a failure. Another letter of rejection. Another short story not selected for this anthology or that magazine. The voice in my head telling me I’m wasting my time, or that I’m never going to make this work, or that I should know better.
“Just walk away.”
And every time they come, I fight back. I overcome. I manage (sometimes only barely) to get the demons slain and their bodies buried deep in the back of the graveyard where all my monsters lay.
But they don’t rot there, they fester. And return like a cat with nine lives, to torment me anew.
Each time I overcome, I go beyond. I step onto new unclaimed territory. It took this wisdom from Paulo Coehlo to make me aware of the fact that my difficulties come to me for a specific reason. And after each victory I get to expand my knowledge. My skills grow. I hone the craft. I gain more confidence. I become stronger.
Which means that when those moments repeat themselves, I look forward to the fight. Because I know that the end will take me beyond my own preserved abilities.
“To infinity, and beyond!”
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