Time to Get Philosophical

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Trying Times

‘These are the times that try men’s souls.’- Thomas Paine

      I am a firm believer in each person needing their trying time in life. Each individual faces trials that define who we are. Sometimes, a person faces their trying time in life and don’t successfully overcome it. This is why many people become angry and bitter. Some may turn to drugs or alcohol and some may find that not overcoming one trial leads them to another one, which they may choose to face head on or not. Sometimes, people make the choice to do what is easy instead of doing what is right. People may do horrible, unspeakable things to us and oftentimes all we can really do is cope. Coping isn’t necessarily a failure though. Coping is taking a bad situation and not allowing it to determine who you are going to be.  

There are ways of coping that are merely failings to overcome a trial, such as turning to overeating or drinking. Successful coping however, is overcoming your trials. You may not be going out and taking down murderers or slaying dragons but it is a victory nonetheless. I’m sure you’re probably thinking “wow, that’s philosophical but what is the point of all of this?” I have two very dear friends of mine who are facing some trying times of their own right now. I wrote this little blurb with them in mind because, well, I worry and I always worry about how they will handle they’re own trying times. Obviously some of my own I didn’t come out of very successfully but that’s all a part of growing up, I’m afraid. So, with that in mind, I like to think that as you are going through your own trying times, you may keep this in mind for yourself and come out the better for it.

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