Thoughts From The Wilderness – Unseen Battles Within A Raging War

“Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”

Observing the external, can generally speaking be pretty easy when we are sitting across the room from someone. We can see the clothes they’re wearing, the colour of their skin and hair, their sex and whether they might be old or young.

If someone has a broken arm or leg, the cast is usually a dead giveaway that there was an incident of some description and a trip to the hospital was required. The same idea can often be applied to those who happen to be undertaking medical treatments of one type or another.

In the above and other examples as well, it is simple to figure out if something negative is happening or has occurred in a person’s life. The results are external. We can see them because they’re observable.

However, not every battle is external. The unfortunate fact is, most of the battles we face throughout our lifetime are the internal ones.

unseen battles“Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”

I’m not sure where that quote originates.

Hell, I’m not sure that anyone can really pin-point who said it first. I’ve seen it attributed to Plato, Philo of Alexandria and even a few more famous people from over the past few years.

It doesn’t really matter much at this stage who said it first. It matters that it was said, though.

Let’s get to the guts of the matter.

One stark reality about the human condition, we exist in is this. Each and every one of us is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

Let me state this in no uncertain terms:

Each and every one of us is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

That is about as simple and blunt as it gets. We and that means ALL OF US have an internal battle(s) that we are fighting each and every day.

internal1If you’re reading this and thinking, “fu@k it – I don’t have any” perhaps grab a dictionary and search out the meaning of denial or swollen ego as a starting point.

Yes, the battle may be physical in nature, but most of the internal battles we face and that is often impossible for others to see are the mental and emotional war zones of some magnitude that we have to navigate through each waking moment.

How often when interacting with someone, and for no reason at all that is apparent to you, they give you a “nuclear reaction” to what was or is a seemingly “fire-cracker” event? That type of thing has happened to all of us at one point or another I’m sure.

A simple but real answer to that question is this.

All manner of “shit is hitting the fan” is happening to almost everyone around you.

They’re fighting a battle you know nothing about.

One thing I’ve come to learn over the years is regardless of how bad things might be going for myself; the internal battle I may be fighting, there is always somebody out there that is going through stuff that is much worse.

And for the love of all that is sacred, don’t be the person who has convinced themselves that their own internal battles are far bigger and important than everyone else’s.

If unfortunately, you are that person, I have but one brusque, candid, curt and explicit phrase for you; – “you are a massive dumb-ass.”

Get this sunk into your head and heart.

All manner of “shit is hitting the fan” is happening to almost everyone around you; and

Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

What’s the answer then?

internal3We live within this often foggy raging war, fighting and dealing with these unseen battles of some magnitude and description.

I do; we do; we all do.

Is there an answer?

Yes, there is. All of us are dealing with something.

That internal battle can be big or not so big; it can be dark or it can be a shade lighter.

be kindEveryone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

The answer is simple.

Be kind. Always.

 

 

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