Rise from the Dust

“Sometimes you’re trying so hard to get your life together and still it’s not enough, everything is falling apart. What to do, you’re asking. Just keep going through hell for yourself, not for everyone else. Richer with that wisdom, I will build my happiness from nothing. I will rise from the dust. And I will do it on my own. I will live for myself and I won’t look at the others.”
― Asper Blurry, Train to the Edge of the Moon

So many metaphors about recovering and rebuilding your life use the phoenix as the example. I like the idea of rising from the dust.

Rising from the ashes of the phoenix represents a half-way point in the downward spiral. You haven’t lost everything. There is enough in the ashes to lift yourself out of and return to the land of the living.

But the dust – dust is what people walk on. Dust is easily scattered to the winds. There is so little substance in dust, I feel like it is the lowest anyone can go, to feel like dust.

As a metaphor, dust represents age, death, the past. Sometimes easily swept away, other times requires a little more force to remove the layers upon layers, years upon years passing.

Be it ashes or dust you descend to, rise.

Let your passion lift you from the underworld to which you’ve drifted, lost.
Don’t feel the passion?

What have you done consistently all of your life? Do you collect or save things? What? Do you do the same thing every day because you want to not because you have to? What is that? What do you miss most when you aren’t doing it?

Among the answers is your passion, or the fragments thereof. Sift through them. What glitters? What still has a spark of energy attached to it? Find it. Lift it up. Examine it.

What makes it sparkle? Is it the thing or the doing? Is it the people who thrive around it? Or does it come from within you?

As Asper Blurry said, you keep going through hell for yourself. It’s time to now go through life for yourself. Rarely is nothing around you. It just feels like nothing. There is something I the nothing. Find it. Lift it. And follow it into the light of life.

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