Romance vs. Reality

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” Henry David Thoreau

Its been three whole days of hiding under a dark cloud of discouragement and depression. I suppose I could stay here for another week or even a month – but that I cannot. I suppose that if the standing up and following one’s dreams were as easy as it is to merely close the eyes and dream them, there would be nothing noble nor a great reward in the actuality of their fruition. How easy it seems to sit and quietly dream, to make ‘plans’ with hope – yet  how truly difficult it is to stand up, pursue, and live them. For they often must stay just beyond your reach – in a courtship dance of Romance vs. Reality. 

Ultimately, it is Diligence who must be your constant and harsh partner – the one with whom you will perfect the timing of your steps to Hope’s intricate melody.  A decision must be made. Am I one to sit in the audience – to genuinely appreciate and applaud the dance – but then go home, an observer only? Or do I sweat in the hours of discipline, endure the  blistered, bloody feet and falls – and maybe, just maybe, be the one to leap and spin and soar? 

Today I will decline the invitation to the Pity Party. I will get up and wrap my wounds, stretch my weary legs and take Diligence’s extended hand… and as I do, I can faintly hear the beat of Hope begin again…

One comment on “Romance vs. Reality

  1. I wanted to leave some words of encouragement – sometimes, getting up and wiping the dust from your rump is immediately rewarded with a burst of new-found energy and inspiration – a new step is added to or taken away from the dance – something that creates a better flow of movement. So just a reminder – to myself and whoever else needs it – pressing on is ALWAYS WORTH IT. ❤

    “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” Pro 24:10

    ♪ ♫ we’re like weebles, but we won’t stay down ♫ ♪ ♪

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