Our last lesson attempted to bring us ‘journeyers’ together by looking at “Life’s Puzzle.” It was a discussion about struggle and how every human experiences it in one way or another.
Remember, you can join us at RecoveryHighSchool.com at anytime, we’d love to have you.
Or simply follow us on Facebook at ‘Social Recovery 101.’
Today we will focus on one word, ‘doubt.’
Our last meeting was very ‘philosophical.’ Sometimes this can discourage many people as it can lead to debates over who is ‘smarter’ or ‘wiser’ than the other. With that said, let me make another quick disclaimer. If you choose to join us on this journey there is one thing you must keep in mind about me as your teacher-I am often very insecure. Because of this, I avoid conflict and controversy in my life as often as possible. While I could get angry about why I am this way I have instead learned to embrace it, and try to have faith that it will one day serve a purpose in my life.
Why do I bring this up?
Well, today I want to take a step back from philosophical discussions and tell you a story.
The story is about a boy, a man, and a woman.
The boy in this story grew up doubting that his life would ever surmount to anything. As a child he believed that there was nothing special about him. In the early years of his life, the one emotion that many believe is the purpose for living was non-existent. This boy did not know love. He did not know what it felt to be loved or even what it was to love. In a world that we say is magical, this boy only knew P.A.I.N.
The man in our story had become a king in early childhood. People all over the world admired him and his rise to fame. Unfortunately, this man felt as if he was simply playing a character in someone else’s story. What he said, was not how he felt. What he did, was almost always not his choice. This man lived most of his life doubting that people would ever respect him for who he really was. In a world so fake, this man felt only P.A.I.N.
It doesn’t make sense yet but both this boy and this man were brought to life by this woman. A woman with a dream. Unfortunately, the world she lived in did not think kindly of people with dreams. Because of this, this woman was destined to suffer. People told her that even if she could write a book, or make a movie, no one would understand a world that only existed in her mind. As others doubted her, she was forced to doubt herself. In a world so real, this woman only saw P.A.I.N.
The boy, the man, and the woman will forever be connected to one another.
One without the other would have each and every one of us living in a world much different than the one we now know. In order for us to have gotten here, each of these three had to experience P.A.I.N. In their P.A.I.N., there was one common ingredient; doubt.
The boy in this story is Harry Potter, I think you know him. The man is Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who played Harry Potter in the movies. And the woman is J.K. Rowling, the creator of Harry Potter.
Living under the stairs, Harry Potter doubted that anyone even knew he existed. Living on top of the entertainment world, Daniel Radcliffe doubted that the anyone really appreciated him for who he really was. Living in poverty, J.K. Rowling doubted that anyone would ever respect the dreams she held in her mind.
The point of telling you this story is to help you recognize that doubt is part of life.
Many of us grow up learning certain things. We learn these things from our parents, from our teachers, from society, from the internet. We are told how things are, and how things work. As a result, we expect certain things in life. When things do not seem to make sense with our pre-conceived beliefs, doubt creeps into our mind. Some people doubt themselves, some naturally doubt others.
Doubt is ‘ever present’ in our lives, it never goes away. Even for those approaching the end of life, doubt is there. Questions will always haunt our minds. What is the meaning of life? Or, what comes next?
As human beings, the result of doubt can often lead to feelings of anger. We get frustrated with ourselves, with others, with the world.
If it is natural to doubt, then it is natural to become angry. That is how the cycle works.
Do you agree?
As I leave you, please use these three tips for surviving your personal journey, 1) Ask Questions. 2) Be Patient. And 3) Have Faith.
And remember, if the desire to change something still stirs inside you after practicing these three things then you must take action, this world needs you!
"I'll Sail The World To Find You." - Count On Me by Bruno Mars
Question Of The Day:
Do you relate more to the boy, the man, or the woman?
Teacher’s Note: Our FaceBook page ‘Social Recovery 101’ now has 3,470 Followers (+22%) and 62 Page Shares (+3%). Remember, Y-O-U will change the future as U are more powerful than U realize!