Holding on

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

The unexpected challenges of the month for me has been dealing with someone with the inability to be flexible, careless with their words and reactions while being ordained with authority. 

Lord have mercy...when that one person who will go out of their way to make your life hell and they have all the authority...it is one sticky situation. 

I've been reflecting on my reactions toward the situation, and noticing how I allowed the negative energy and projection into my life. Not only allowing them in to chip away at my confidence, but internalizing statements that are clearly not a reflection of who I am as a person and professional. Lucky for me, I was able to reach out for support in different areas of my life and ask for help and mediation. 

I briefly read up on Rudyard Kipling's life learning about some of his recorded tragedies and challenges in life. He found ways to hold on. Hard times befall every single one of us on this planet. Your story and experiences matter. So please hold on. 

Kipling's poem If is dedicated to his son. In this poem he discusses the challenges that befall someone, rising above it to essentially have the key to success. I looked at this poem as a letter to the self, reminding me to maintain my authenticity and hold tight to my truth. 

Kipling writes the simplest yet sweetest line, giving me the reminder I need, to make it through April: And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on"

Prompt #6

Write about the resilient will within you that keeps you going on the days you feel like you can't go on.

P.S. You are not alone.