The Dog Days are Over

There is always that day, that moment, where you can't imagine taking another step forward. Everyone around you seems to only care about themselves, and your heart is like a brick in your chest, weighing you down.

Perhaps you lost someone. Or maybe you just have too much to take care of at this point in your life. You might have just found out some terrible news, or maybe you already knew the terrible news, and it was just now hitting you.

There's always a reason to feel down or depressed.

But there's always ten thousand more reasons to pick your head up and smile.

Life is completely unpredictable. The future may seem bleak, or too far to be of any assistance to your current despair, but it always holds that one thing that can make the fastest falling tears dry in an instant.

Hope.

I lost a close friend, a relative, someone who played a huge role in my life.

Well, guess what? They're now in a place you should be envious of. They reached the place we're down here living our lives for in the first place. We may miss them now, but this is just one space in the life of our souls, the things that actually count.

Everything's changing...I can't keep up with it. I'm not familiar with my life anymore.

Hey, sweetie, life is a cycle. That means things change, and just as you get used to the changes, you get used to the fact that things change period. If nothing changed, we wouldn't get to experience anything and meet new people to love and grow with.

My friends graduated, they moved. I had to go somewhere far away. How will I ever move on?

Friends are forever. You bond with them like you bond with family, but you choose who you bond with. No matter where you go, you will always find someone that has your back. People always care far more than you see.

I just heard something that makes me want to give up. It's terrible news. There's no way me and my family can get through this.

Oh, cont-rare. It doesn't matter what the news is, or how bad it sounds. There's someone who cares about you and wants to help. And this is all just a part of God's plan...anything that makes you feel like breaking down will somehow make you stronger in the end. Never give up, and never tell yourself that you're alone.

I finally connected with someone, I finally care, and I feel like maybe they could be my future. Maybe I have hope after all...but they left. They're gone. They don't return my affections. They took my heart and shattered it.

You will always find someone to love, and someone to love you back. And you don't always need that kind of relationship to go on. You can be independent, strong on your own, and make yourself happy. Remember, no matter who's on your side, it's always going to be you and God.

I thought I was going to give up. My dad was diagnosed with cancer, I had so much to do in school. I fell for a boy who didn't catch me. And the dozens of people that dangle my future in front of my face every day telling me to run faster, all they have to offer is criticism and more weight on my shoulders. I was certain that I wouldn't get through this.

But the human soul was built to withstand so much more than stress, heartbreak, and loss. It was built to be able to forgive and still hold love for everyone inside of it. That's an amazing part of a person, the most important part. Your main responsibility is to take care of it. You owe it to God to keep that living, beating thing inside of you alive, and it comes without a price. All we are asked to do is the one thing that will keep us from giving up. That thing that will make us look in the mirror and see someone who isn't being crushed under the weight of their emotions, but rather bursting with life. That thing He tells us to do, that makes us turn away from tragedy and make a whole new day.

"Be joyful and be glad."

Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father
Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind
You can't carry it with you if you want to survive

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
Can you hear the horses?
'Cause here they come