No Story is Over Until It’s Over
Have you despaired in the midst of a challenge, struggle or conflict? It’s normal. We suffer business reversals, trouble in our personal relationships, setbacks politically. There’s a reason that the word suffer fits so well in the last sentence. Human beings—yes, you and I are both human—experience pain when we invest in something that seems not to be bearing fruit.
Yet, there’s something to remember even while feeling the pain of a setback or loss: The future defines the past. What that means is that the chapters of the story that have yet to be written are the ones that will define those that unfolded yesterday. That’s why everyone loves a comeback story; returning from the depths is something everyone can resonate with. We all know that no story is over until it’s over. No one leaves a movie cinema when the going gets rough for the main character. There’s hope—and the expectation of overcoming adversity—until the projector goes dark and there are no more scenes left to project onscreen.
In life, the projector never goes dark. There are always more scenes. That’s because God is never done with Man. Not ever. And the ideas and ideals that are consistent with the truth are everlasting, too.
On this earth, we pen the scenes. The ink of truth never runs dry. Think of the Hanukkah miracle of a tiny bit of oil in the Temple menorah lasting eight days. Think of the Israelites wandering 40 years in the desert before entering the Promised Land. So, you should never put your pen down. If your business runs into trouble, it’s time to hone in on the truth about how to save it and make it thrive. If your relationship runs into trouble, it’s time to identify any fiction upon which it was built and edit it back into line with non-fiction. When freedom seems to falter, it’s not time to give in to tyranny; it’s time to oppose it—with ideas and ideals and courage and faith.
Sometimes, things have to get very dark before the light. That happens, after all, every night. Is that not a very powerful lesson we can all learn? Morning comes every day we wake up. And wake up, we do, and we shall, until we have not a breath left in our bodies.
Your story of triumph can never be over, until you decide it is. The triumph of freedom can never be over, if people light flames of freedom in their hearts and minds and in towns, cities, states and nations.
Dr. Keith Ablow