It has been a long time since my eyes have laid to rest upon the walls of my home. Entering through the front gates, marching through the streets, and entering the throne room has been my dream for a long time. Although I am here, I wish it were under different circumstances. My homecoming should be one of joy and celebration. But instead, I find myself marching through the gates of my home with one mission-to rescue the girl from my father.
—-Excerpt from Forgotten: Book Three of the Sanctorian Series—-
We have all experienced a time where things don’t turn out as planned.
Growing up, my father taught me how to be independent. He wouldn’t give me the solutions to my problems, but would point me on the right direction, so that I could discover the answer myself.
As a parent, I now understand what my father was trying to do. Because he didn’t tell me the answer, I was forced to think for myself. I had to look outside the box and try to find solutions that would work.
There were many times the choices I made didn’t end up being how I thought they would. I would try something, and it would turn out opposite from my initial intent.
“How did I end up here?”
“What went wrong?”
“How did that happen?”
In The Sanctorian Series, Thanark finds himself in a constant stream of unforeseen circumstances. As a child, he witnessed the death of his mother. He was then outcast from his home, unable to return until he avenges his mother’s death. Later, he forms an unbreakable bond with an enemy, binding his life to hers. Thanark didn’t plan for any of this to happen, it just did.
There are a few cheesy sayings that come to mind when I think about Thanark’s life struggles and how he handles his situations. But instead of telling you to turn lemons into lemonade, I would like to leave you with this advise.
If you find yourself in an unforeseen situation, make the best of it. You can’t change the past, no matter how much you want to, but you can change the future. Don’t worry about assigning blame and pointing fingers. What’s the point? What’s done is done. Deal with it and move on. Most importantly remember that you are not alone in your struggle nor are you the only one struggling. Someone else is going through something worse–so chin up! There is light at the end of the tunnel.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.–Isaiah 41:10
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