Another roller coaster life

By Klaus Döring

Life is literally just like a roller coaster. We go up, we go down. We wait for a time when it all evens out and we can trust that the falls are over. It doesn’t come.

Yes, nowadays, for many of us life is indeed an emotional roller coaster. All over the world. Political instability, wars, terror attacks, climate change with extreme natural disasters, questionable global economical situations, illnesses AND diseases… .

Questions about how to proceed and move on and nobody really has a correct answer. How then?

As usual, a day starts with a traffic jam and continues with terrible conditions at any workplace. The crab mentality seems to have become nothing unusual now. In any case: everyone for himself. Each one by himself/herself/itself alone is quite nice, but together…? Do we have a problem? So what! It’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

Life seems to be nothing, just being ready to riddle one with bullets. Life seems to be nothing, just being broken through indifference and unreliable and immoral behavior. Life seems to be nothing for those people who don’t understand cries from the heart of other people around them – cries for their hearts and families, for justice and for many other things.

Life with all its ups and downs, is just a loan, but for many of our fellow creatures, it just seems to be nonsense to be littered like a dump. And, if people try to survive, especially during these days, and if they just experienced (once more!) indifference, arrogance, ignorance or cheating by whomever – they will give up!

I can assure you that every one of us can at first help in prayers and in reading the bible. “Proverbs” is the probably most down-to-earth book in the bible. Its teachings prepare you for daily life, the street and the marketplace, but not for the schoolroom. The book offers warm pieces of advice you get; practical guidance for making your way on earth. Proverbs cover any kinds of questions you might have right now. Anybody can relate to the generalities of Proverbs, because this book simply tells how life works most of the time.

While writing this piece, I observed that more and more people struggle through life: tired, hopeless, experiencing their rock-bottoms, believing in fallacious “people” around them. Can a roller coaster go on forever?

We all know, though, that roller coaster rides don’t last forever. That’s because the roller coaster loses energy to other forces as it does loop-the-loops, curves, and other hills along the way. This friction slows the roller coaster gradually, as does the air that you fly through as you ride the ride.

Our emotions can feel like a roller coaster ride when we allow our thoughts and fantasies to get the better of us. When we think negative thoughts, these affect our emotions in powerful and negative ways


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