Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Blue skies from pain

The people around us have the capacity to lead us across the full spectrum from heavenly joy to hellish torment. And they don't even have to mean to. A word not in tune with my (to another inaccessible) interior state can be like a searing poker while a friendly gesture (whether meant with much sincerity or awareness or not) can restore faith in humanity.

A lot of how the actions of others are read by me is down to me though and a focus on what is going on right now (rather than having taken place years or even just minutes ago or being anticipated in the future) is a sure-fire way both to put the negative into perspective and to give the positive oxygen. Today I failed miserably at this challenge, crushed between a dark past and a bleak future, but tomorrow I am going to try again (stopping myself from putting the odds into numbers).

The stakes are high at the extremes: Sartre’s “hell is other people” at one and Jesus’ “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mathew, 18:20) at the other end. I'd be a fool not to try.