Posted by: Brad Stanford | February 3, 2017

Recovering From A Bad Week

[Read with the voice of Morpheus.]

Perhaps you’ve had had one of those weeks that made you say, “Really? Out of all the ways a week could go, you had to go like that?”

Maybe you’re finishing one right now.

When you find yourself peace-less in the midst of a situation, it tells me that something is being exposed in you that needs some attention. Not an attitude that needs to be adjusted, but a wound that needs some protection and healing. A place of deep hurting that just got touched by the air.

A broken bone gets a cast. A headache gets aspirin. A cut gets a band-aid. What happens when you find a mental or spiritual injury? What do you apply? How do you protect it from infecting the rest of you? How do you bring it back into proper alignment?

Many will try to self-medicate with sex, drugs, alcohol, or rock and roll. Perhaps they will lose themselves in a few hours of watching television. They will order their favorite pizza, go to their favorite club, or text with their friends for hours.

But this simply numbs the pain for a few moments. When morning comes, the same problems exist. Nothing has changed. And they will eventually have a bad day, week, or month all over again.

But you…you are the one. The only you. You are a limited and valuable resource. You may be valuable every minute of the day, or you might have one perfect moment on the earth that changes everything for every person. But your purpose is important.

If you have had one of these difficult days or weeks, There is one thing that you must do.

Believe.

Believe that the force you have created in pursuit of your purpose has created a natural – and impersonal – reaction. If you punch the punching bag, does it not come back in your direction with the same force?

Believe that when you do good things that bring you closer to understanding your destiny, there is an equal and opposite reaction in nature to try and return you to neutral. These are reactions to your chosen actions.

When you begin to rise above, to believe, to see further than you’ve ever seen before – when you’ve invested great effort into something creative or meaningful, there is a natural force that will try to burn it down. In a fire, both the fuel and the fire die, once again returning to a state of equilibrium. No more fuel, no more fire, just leftover, unburnable ashes.

When you strive to do something – from just surviving, to changing the world – you become vulnerable in the universe. If you build a tower of blocks, gravity is not content until the blocks have found equilibrium on the ground. If you try to be more than “normal” – which is what being yourself is all about – you will inevitably expose the forces that were holding you down to begin with. The higher you go, the more you will be assaulted by those forces.

It’s not personal. It’s natural.

Do you have the audacity to believe that normal is not for you? Will you try to numb the pain with pizza, Netflix, and Facebook? Or do you dare to believe that the reason you’re experiencing difficulty is because you’ve discovered something important? Perhaps to reach the next level, you have to tend to this wound that will be a hindrance to you. You’ve been walking to this point, but at the next level you need to run. You’ve just exposed something that will slow you down. It’s time to deal with it.

So if your week got all over you, turned you around, flipped you upside down, and didn’t apologize for doing so, and you reacted to it, there is a muscle that needs strengthening. You need to get rest for your mind, get centered spiritually, and decide who you are. The King’s son reacts to trouble by calling for the guards to come help him. The poor son must defend himself, or run away.

If you know who you are, you will know what to do.

Believe that you are the King’s son for just one moment, and see if you get your peace back.

Trust me.

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[Brad voice]
I had a week that laughed at my plans, my efforts, my sanity, and my peace. This was actually me writing to myself as a way to reset. Hearing it in Morpheus’s voice sounded much more convincing than my own. I post it here for anyone else who has had, is having, or will have a difficult week.

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Responses

  1. Here is the line I needed to read today,

    “When you strive to do something – from just surviving, to changing the world – you become vulnerable in the universe. If you build a tower of blocks, gravity is not content until the blocks have found equilibrium on the ground. If you try to be more than “normal” – which is what being yourself is all about – you will inevitably expose the forces that were holding you down to begin with. The higher you go, the more you will be assaulted by those forces.

    It’s not personal. It’s natural.”

    Thank you. Peace.


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