Monday, April 01, 2013

Rock Bottom

I've seen a lot of things lately that talk about hitting rock-bottom. They say that hitting rock bottom is sometimes the best place to start... to start over I suppose. Then I wondered how anyone could ever think that reaching your lowest point could be the best thing that ever happens to you.

But maybe they're right.

Rock is solid. It's firm. It's sturdy. It's difficult to destroy. It creates a great foundation.

Better to start from rock bottom than to start from something like sand bottom or water bottom or mud bottom. All of those things are movable and changing and don't provide a place for you to get your footing.

Think about it. When people who are close you are in trouble others always say they are going to have to hit rock bottom before they decide to make changes. And maybe that's because they can't stand up because they've fallen on a soft surface. A place that's not quite uncomfortable enough to want to get up and make whatever changes are necessary. Maybe it's because that gentler space provides a moment of rest to someone weary with doubt, uncertainty and the whirlwind of chaos that is his or her life. Or maybe it's like quicksand, pulling them down deeper or water rushing past so fast, they can't find a way to just get up.

Falling to the ground, to the rock, to the bottom is painful. it's jarring. it's shocking, It wakes you up. It disturbs you. It's uncomfortable. But it's safer than all of those other unpredictable surfaces.

So maybe hitting rock bottom is the best place to start. What are you waiting for? Get up. Plant those feet on the ground. You can only go up from here.

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