Monday, April 9, 2012

#HAWMC - Keep Calm

I spent one of my "get out of blogging free" cards last night. I think I spent it wisely and fairly. So on to today's challenge! During WWII, the UK Ministry of Information created a series of posters to boost morale during the Blitz by passing on a message from King George VI. Keep Calm and Carry On was the third in a series of World War 2 posters drawn up. The original posters were white block text on a red background. The only image on the poster was the royal crown of George VI. Today's #HAWMC challenge is to make a Keep Calm poster.

When a moment overwhelms us, it's easy to feel small an inadequate. When simple tasks become complicated and burdensome, it's easy to feel incompetent and useless. All the little things gang up together... big things join the group on their own... Soon there's a whole mob of problems surrounding us and it's smack-down time. Then there are those days where there are no choices, it's do what our body demands (which usually means being stuck in the bed or bathroom all day). Oh, those days can be brutal. What do we do when everything, including our own bodies, are conspiring against us?

Whatever the "this" is that we're going through, we are a human beings. We have memories and hopes and dreams and experiences that all add up to so much more that what's going on right now. Sure, what's going on right now might be HUGE, but that doesn't change the fact that this moment is just a moment, and it will pass. The next moment might not be any better, but the fact still remains: our life experience is bigger than right now. If we can get through right now, we can get back to doing more of what we want. A year from now, the details will have faded so much that we might not even be able to recall what went on entirely. Life goes on... You go on. Therefore, you must be bigger. We can take comfort in the fact we're bigger than this. We can keep calm and carry on.

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