Life is an endless battle. Seldom in life, everything goes as per our plans. Struggles and tribulations are a part and parcel of life. At such times, we have the option of being defeated or come back stronger and wiser. Challenges in life are actually blessing in disguise because they bring out the best in us.
I have seen many ups and downs in my life. And it was during a low phase that I started writing to vent out my frustrations and sometimes just to motivate myself. When I look back now, I thank that challenging period for helping me discover the writer in me. I love this quote by the famous Sufi poet Rumi- “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” He has so beautifully summarized the value of challenges in shaping our personality.
I wrote ‘Warrior of Light’ about two years ago during a particularly frustrating low phase. It was to remind me that I shouldn’t let the challenges dampen my spirits for ‘this shall also pass’. Self-motivation is the best motivation. Try it. It really works!
Here’s my poem celebrating the never-say-die attitude:
I’ve fallen again and again
Into the dark chasm of despair.
I thought I’d lost it all
Yet I kept moving towards light.
Like the spider, I fall and rise
But not to weave the webs of despair.
I rise to get entangled
From the limiting thoughts that drown me.
I’m a warrior defeated and torn
But still my scars are proudly worn.
One lost battle doesn’t define my spirit
I retreat to come and shine again.
Flickering light at the end of the tunnel
Beckons me with the hopes of future.
Darkness is just a phase in the journey
Only the courageous will reclaim the glory.
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