Whimper or Scream


You were born screaming. What will you do now? Will you whimper? Will you fall on the floor and mewl? Will you cry out only if the scary stuff comes your way? Will you grow silent? What has life done to you? Has it taught you to be afraid?

You were born SCREAMING!!!

How else can it be defined? You fought for breath. You didn’t swim back into the womb. You came out and with your first breath YOU SCREAMED!

I don’t think it’s part of your nature to hide from the difficult things in life. To hide from the difficult is to learn little or to learn nothing. Turning away from the obstacles doesn’t make us stronger. It makes us weaker.

We need the tough times to make us love life. We need the trials to make us more compassionate for others who have those tough times also. We learn when to give someone a handout and when to give them a hand up. We learn not to mock someone who is going through a time of mourning, partly because we’ve been there and wouldn’t want that for ourselves, partly because we know what helps a person through mourning and what definitely doesn’t help.

If we learn how to handle a situation, we can also coach someone else through it. Is it appropriate to tell someone who lost their job how great your job is? Not likely, but you would know that if you had ever lost a job. Is it good to help a child climb a tree every time? No, because they won’t be able to do it on their own.

Guess who is the best candidate for the How To Quit Smoking seminar: the ex-smoker.

And who would you want to go to for tips on how to run a business? Someone who never had a business? Someone who started their own business? Someone who ran someone else’s business?

Regardless of your answer, you know the stronger, the wiser, the more adept come from the ranks of the scarred and battle-worn.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at xenosthesia.com or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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