By Monica Gomez
Last week I felt kind of
blue for a couple of days, and I shared this with a friend of mine who is far
away. Those moments when everything
seems to go wrong, when one does not feel like getting out of bed and, even though
you have spiritual beliefs, or you may read about it, or keep repeating
positive statements, nothing seems to help.
During one of the talks with
my friend, trying to find an explanation to soothe us, I came up with the idea
that I was going through a tunnel, and I thought it was really useful to
compare this with the moments we go through in life.
For instance, there are
short tunnels where we can see the exit as soon as we enter. We do not get too distressed as we know we
are coming up to the end soon. As if we
are waiting for a solution we already know it is going to come.
But there are also longer
tunnels. When we get into them, we can
see nothing, and that unknown, that uncertainty scares us a lot, as we do
not know where it ends. However, when we
walk along the way and, if we know
there is a way out, we can go through it fearlessly. The problem in life is that we forget there
exists a way out. If we did not forget –
that sooner or later, there will always be a way out – I guess we would not
feel so bad. That would help us go
through "the tunnel," the difficult situation, in a different way,
knowing that there exist a beginning and an end.
Then there are sometimes
we enter into a tunnel where we cannot see the way out, we can not see the
end. We think this will be a very
long, dark journey. Yet, this tunnel has a bend that prevents us from
seeing its exit. It may be quite short
and we could come out into light very soon but we do not know that. We keep walking and we suddenly come across
this bend, and once we make the turn we see the light at the end and we
say: "What a relief!"
How often we experience
these situations in life!
Then, of course, there are
those times when we walk and the heat of the sun bears down on
us. Even though there is light and the green of nature and we
feel a warming embrace, when we get into the dark of the tunnel we experience a
sense of relief. Likewise, an evident
difficulty in life could easily become an opportunity to get rid of something
that troubles us.
Perhaps it would be good to
see life this way. We walk along a road,
towards a goal, knowing we will have to go through tunnels, dark moments, that
may be longer or shorter sometimes. We may not see the way out but it is
there and knowing that can even provide us with a sense of relief.
That is life. Occasionally, if we are very analytical, we
tend to look for what is impossible to find: "What's wrong with me? Why does this happen? Where does it come from? What am I supposed to do?" Then there is the typical question that
arises when we believe in spiritual matters: "What am I supposed to learn
here?" Sometimes there might be nothing special to analyze or
learn. It is just a question of going through
those tunnels because they are part of life that comprises everything: sun,
That is our way. Let's walk along it every day, with faith and
confidence, going through our tunnels and when we walk out of them we should
not forget to enjoy the wonderful things we have.
About the Author
Gomez is a qualified counselor from
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