“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
Harriet Beecher Stowe, a great American abolitionist and author once said, “never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” It is quite easy to preach the popular phrase “Never give up”, but the reality can be so daunting that all that is available is only to give up. Situations can be so tragic and depressing, with the walls seemingly closing in and nowhere left to go.
That seems like the end but it can also be a new beginning. Holding on when it is hard is what makes the difference between victors and victims. There is surely a land beyond the wall, an undiscovered world that is waiting for the brave to take it.
Life is more about resolve and perspective. At the end of the rope, there is still enough strength to hold on. It is a popular saying that when at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Even after tieing the knot, you can still get drained of strength. Then is the temptation to turn and take the reverse route. But little are we aware that within us lie an immense amount of holding power.
When the Road ends
At the end of the road, it is just two options left to take. It is either to go back or decide to make a new road to proceed further. But no one gets to the place of making either of these choices until the end of the road. The human mind can keep bearing pain until a threshold point is reached. After this point, the spirit will break, either into a stronger, bolder, and firmer form or a shattered and broken one.
A ball will never bounce until it reaches a hard surface, no matter the amount of quality it possesses. At the brink of breaking, when the tough time is roughest; then there is a chance for magic. Necessity has been said to be the mother of invention, so it is for breaking free and building a strong mind. Choosing to blaze a new path or to turn back home does not happen until getting to the end of the road.
It is at the point of uncertainty that people get creative are the words of Robert Kiyosaki. When the going gets tough, the tough get going is the Robert Harold Schuller says it. That is possible because the tough can metamorphose into a new being at the point when they would have just turned and run, that is magic.
Thair the refugee
You may at times be tempted to think your condition is worse enough to give in, but you just need to open your mind. Thair was a student of the Arab International University in Damascus, Syria but had to leave due to the destruction caused by the Syrian Civil war. He made up his mind to seek habitation in Lebanon but soon had to leave due to an increased Syrian refugee population strain on the Lebanese economy.
The city of Cairo in Egypt was his next destination, where he was staying with a friend and continued his studies. This finally seemed like a soothing balm to his wounds. But soon than expected, there was a rise in the tension against refugees with clashes on the streets and military curfews in Cairo. His friend was severally interrogated by the police about hosting a Syrian.
To make it out of Egypt to Italy on the boat, he had to save $ 2,000 to purchase a one-way boat ticket. Baring the numerous stories of boat sinks and deaths along his course, Thair survived the 10-day trip. But he was not at his destination yet, he made his way to Milan and eventually Germany without money, passport, or clothes.
In a bid for survival, Thair traveled over four thousand (4000) kilometers to seek asylum. He applied for political asylum with the German government and finally had a place to habit and belong. The road was rough enough to drain him of all fuel for survival, but Thair kept digging deeper to find that magic of resilience.
The Magic Button
The decision to hit the magic threshold instead of turning to run home is not an impulsive or instantaneous action. There is a mind that decides to ditch the feeling of running and decides to hang on even at the end of the rope. There is an inner strength that is harnessed to pull the trigger for such a shot at the stars.
On the bridge when you are left with the option to turn and run or jump into a realm of utter faith, you need importantly a resilient spirit. There is a need for developing a positive mindset and a strong resolve that no bad situation remains forever.
Importantly you need to be inspired and motivated to push for the change against the brick wall. Stories of success even after starting on the rough side of life due to holding on just a bit for the magic when the only option is to run is a sure dose for inspiration.
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