Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Starting Over

This post is an encouragement to anyone who has seen the dream of a perfect family become a nightmare through the process of divorce. I’ve been there and I know that starting back at square one is not the easiest thing. It’s an emotionally draining experience that can really be likened to death because in a sense, the union between a couple created another “being” – with the components of both individuals. And when that ends, it can be tragic. It can be even more difficult when children are involved.

As I’ve shared previously, I went through a divorce in the early 2000s so I can relate to those who find themselves dealing with this plight. I can only say that things can and will get better. There’s a proverb that says, “Where there is life, there is hope.” Another one says, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Be encouraged because if you keep striving, sooner or later you’ll bounce back like the champion that you are.

I’ll close with the poem Starting Over from my book Poems of Inspiration: A Daily Dose of Self Motivation. I trust that it will inspire you. It’s written from the perspective of a man but really it could relate to a woman just the same. If it doesn’t relate to you at this point in your life, won’t you share it with someone who needs it. There’s healing in it for hurting hearts.

Starting Over

Starting back at square one
isn’t an easy thing to do.

He had everything—
his career,
his possessions,
the family of his dreams.

Then it seemed like,
all at once,
he lost it all.
The walls came crashing down around him.
But deep down, on the inside,
his heart never missed a beat.

He knew that, somehow,
he’d rise from the ashes in which he lay.

He had lost it all, but yet he rose again—
because hope never went away.

Stay strong and always remember that where there is life, there is hope.

The Upbeat Dad

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