Squeezed

When we're no longer able to change a situation —we're challenged to change ourselves. ~Viktor Frankl
Ever agonized over how anything good can ever come out of your situation? I did. I fumbled.

Nothing numbs the senses more than being put on the spot and asked to side between two equally important issues. Love or self-respect? Obedience or compromise? Gratitude or integrity? Or perhaps choose between the lesser of two evils. Reluctance or doubt? Apathy or indifference? Wound or bruise?

Even worse, to be asked to do something you're just not up to at the moment. To laugh while your world is falling apart. To keep a straight face while being consciously stupid. To stay cold while you're melting within. Like a deer caught in the headlights? You bet.

But, really, what has numbed you? Fear? Guilt? Like guilt, some fears are real. Some imagined. Sometimes it motivates, sometimes it crushes the spirit. Discouragement. Disillusionment. Rejection. Weakness. Fatigue. Everything is choking you.

So, what gives? Can't take the heat?

Consider the bitter lemon fruit. You have to really squeeze the juice out to enjoy all its goodness because nothing good can be made out of it on the surface.

Same thing is true with our circumstances. Or aspirations. Perhaps to get more of the good stuff out, from beneath a rough exterior, you just need to be... squeezed, a bit more.

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