Are you brave?
Not the run into burning buildings, face an angry mob, or even jump from a perfectly good plane brave, but every day brave. The brave it takes to face every day with all you have and as the day ends, know you have faced your dragons and maybe didn’t defeat them, but you at least backed them down a bit.
Dragons? You may ask? There are no dragons in this day and age. Dragons are myth, made up by those who saw an every day animal and not knowing what it was, turned it into something monstrous. Komodo Dragon aside; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komodo_dragon (thank you wikipedia) while I have seen no evidence of any living, fire breathing, dragons, we do yet face dragons. Many of which have come into being in our current state and time.
Issues with our physical health.
My dragon was breast cancer thirteen years ago. The actual battle of surgery and treatments took several months, the lingering effects of those treatments longer. But, in the end, I beat the dragon back and have so far remained healthy.
Others face longer battles. They may face a disease or accident that can be treated over a fairly set course of time, or it may be an ongoing life event. As long as it is faced, dealt with daily through what ever measures are needed, the dragon is being faced, handled and beaten back.
Issues with emotional health.
When my husband died suddenly, everything in my life tilted and shifted to odd locations. My heart seemed to shatter into dust. I faced so many emotions at once that I wasn’t sure which one was predominate at any given time. Grieving takes time. It is a slow process that attempts to cover the world in that darkness of loss. It brings with it many other emotions, including a feeling of abandonment. Every emotions, a dragon in its own right. Each one different with different methods of attack. Each take a different weapon to face and overcome. Loneliness is the fire that consumes those who find themselves in a situation of solitude. The best weapon for me, was finding peace in the being alone. Finding my strength and peace in the quiet. Once you find your balance in being alone with yourself, you can move forward with more confidence in battling any dragon that may strike.
Issues with mental health.
Kin to emotional, but individual in their own right. They are the dragons that cause confusion, lack of confidence, maybe feeling separate from others. Dragons that speak to the mind creating a false truth, deception their fire, as they seek to torment and terrorize.
Issues with jobs and finances.
Many were already struggling, battling every day to merely survive, feed, clothe and house themselves or family. Some working multiple jobs, scraping by as best they could. Then we were faced with a world wide nightmare. Jobs shut down, businesses closed, and people were left to wonder what now?Thankfully there have been groups and organizations who have stepped up, offering food and necessary items for those in need. It has helped in the battle, but the battle not nearly over. The needs are real, the struggle difficult, the dragons may back up a step, but they do not lie down in submission. They wait for the next moment of attack.
Issues in relationships.
As with all the others, these dragons are varied in form and destructive ways. They cause issues between siblings, between children and parents or guardians, between partners. It can come in the form of bullying, of jealousy, of battling control.
Faith in this world is diverse, many believing differently and in their own way. What ever our belief, there are moments of doubt, of wandering, of wondering.
Obviously these are not all inclusive. We will face many dragons as we make this journey of life. We may see them coming, we may be blindsided by their appearance. The important thing, is that we keep fighting. We keep standing strong and against the dragons before us. That we believe we can win. That we seek out the weapons we need in our battle and use them wisely.
As long as we do that, and don’t surrender, we are brave. What ever dragons you battle, continue to fight, do not give up, I believe in you.