I am in a lot of pain. I managed to do the Point Ceremony at Elk’s point for Memorial Day. However, that was all. And even that required endurance. I could not march in the parade. We got back to the Post, and after a few minutes I had to call it a day. The past 12 months have been a series of episodes where I find myself fighting for my life.
Nobody asks for heart disease or diabetes or any other ailment. Nobody wants to be sick. Despite our wishes, these things may come upon us. Sure, some folks will whine and bemoan fate or blame their God or Devil or Karma. That is superstitious thinking and accomplishes nothing. For instance, some may think that their God is punishing them for something. That is ridiculous. No deity is going to spank you as if you are an overgrown brat. That is not how it works. Whatever had befallen you is a just a natural consequence of living. It may fall on some and never come near anyone else. This is not a Divine thing. It is just the working out of. unrelated causes and things. Consider this: when you were a child, do you think a God or Devil singled you out and gave you the mumps or the chickenpox? Did it also single out some of your classmates who also got it? It is more reasonable that a contagious germ was getting around and you were vulnerable. That is all.
Getting ill or having misfortune is probably not your fault. I say probably because there are a few misguided people who are the authors of their own woes. These are the same people who blame God, Goddess, Gods, Devils, Spirits or Karma. Most people are not the authors of their problems. That does not exempt you from your responsibility. Here is how it works, folks:
You are likely not responsible for your troubles, but if they befall you, you are responsible for seeking a remedy. You are the one who is responsible for finding and implementing a solution to the problem.. If you are sick, see a doctor. If your house gets hit by a landslide, seek shelter and work on finding a new place to live. You are responsible for dealing with it.
You need not do it all alone. Get the right kind of help. Instead of seeking advice from the local windbag gossip, avail yourself of the help you need. Maybe you need to speak to a trusted friend to help clarify things first. Maybe you need professional help. For ailments, a doctor. For legal trouble, a lawyer. For leaky faucets, call a plumber. Take the focus away from the problem and put it on discovering and implementing the right solution.
Life is unfair. So what? It is unfair for everyone. That is just the way it is.
For me, there was another trip to the doctor this morning. Hopefully we can nail this thing. More tests, more things to do. Doing gets things done. And keep this in mind: It might not be your fault if it – whatever it is – befalls you. If it does befall you, however, it is your responsibility to do something about it.