Five Givens

These five things are a certainty in life.

1. Everything changes and ends.
2. Things do not always go according to plan.
3. Life is not always fair.
4. Pain is part of life.
5. People are not loving and loyal all the time.

It is vital that I not live in denial of these givens. Being somewhat stupid, it has taken me some time to learn that I cannot fight against these truths. I must learn to live with them. In addition, I need to see the value in accepting them.

To deny them and fight against them prolongs the frustration, pain or suffering that the initial truth revealed to me.

For the past two years I have had each of these “five givens” hit me squarely in the face. Yet instead of grabbing onto them and holding these truths to be self-evident, I denied that these things were possible. Somehow, my situation and circumstances would be different and all would be restored someday.

Well that’s just delusional.

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