A sling shot is quite an interesting weapon. In order for it to be effective it must be pulled back a considerable distance and released in order for the stone it propels to achieve its greatest thrust and trajectory.
I find that to be a wonderful analogy to experiences in life. There are times that with your best efforts and planning, things happen. The vicissitudes of life often bring so many things your way that life may appears in some strange way to be cruel and mean. It was Thomas Hobbs who said that life is nasty, brutish and short.
The sudden and unexpected pains and disappointments of life have caused so many people to live lives of frustration, anxiety and fear. More persons are victims of anxiety attacks, sleeplessness and other growing health issues. A recent survey revealed that over 9 million American adults are consuming sleeping pills regularly. This surveys says that the users are mostly educated older women. Many users do so to cope with the ravages of life.
Life has many things that set us back from our dreams and aspirations. The growing incidence and different varieties of cancer would not only set one back if one were to become its victim but it would also be a set back if a loved one suffers from this dreadful disease. Certainly a serious illness would take ones life down unknown paths for an indefinite period of time with uncertain endings. This could take its mental and physical roll on anyone regardless of how strong or motivated that person may be.
Yet, sickness is only one of life’s set backs. There are so many others including a financial crisis that leaves a person unable to pay bills and to fund their dreams. An emotional occurrence such as a broken love or family relationship could send a person’s life for a loop and leave many deep scars.
Whatever your set back in life, you could either be consumed with depression or you could remember the sling shot. As the sling shot, your seemingly unfortunate circumstances could be setting you up for a significant come back in your life. The story is told of a young boy whose dream was to become a doctor. He was doing well in his grades and everything was in place for his dreams to come through. Then, tragedy struck. His father , who worked extra hard to make enough money to send his son away to study medicine, succumbed to a massive heart attack. His mother, an unemployed but dedicated wife and mother was devastated. She went in search of employment. She worked three low paying jobs per day. At the end of each day she was extremely weak through exhausted. The stresses of life, work and caring for her son began to take its toll on her health. Less than one year of the passing of his father, his mother’s kidney failed causing her to go on dialysis and she could no longer work to help him achieve his dreams.
What a set back in life. His dream of becoming a doctor faded each passing day. This young man dropped out of school to care for his ailing mother. He accepted what ever manual work he could get. His many journeys to the hospital to see his mother and his tears at her bedside attracted the attention of the doctor who came each day to attend to his mother. The doctor was young, married and successful but had no children. The story goes on to say that the doctor too lost his father at a tender age. Over time the boy and the doctor became close friends. With a gleam in his eyes, he told the doctor of his dream to qualify as a doctor one day.
One month later the boys mother died leaving him an orphan. The doctor adopted him, and provided everything he needed to finish his education and attend one of the top medical institutions. Today that boy is a successful medical specialist his earning is among the top of anyone in the field.
Though he experienced the pain of losing both his parents, it was providential that he met his adopted parents who facilitated his dreams. His set back was indeed a set up for a come back. Expect yours too.
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