The Challenge is to put out a flame
A flame that ravages your emotions to a dangerous extent. The impulsive, stubborn kind that lingers despite rational acquiescence. It furthers a kind of vapid discontent that once succumbed to, resonates through your heart and leaves you miserable.
Perhaps to find that kind of power within oneself to overcome the Challenge requires even more of you than you would ever allow yourself to. Restraint, after all, requires a lot more willpower, discipline, and strength than one would ever thought so.
For fiery, impulsive, reactive, souls like mine, perhaps, restraint is even more imperative. There is an immediate need to silence that moment where bitterness, spite, jealousy, regret, discontent, and all other selfish feelings may arise.
But the Challenge, far exceeds the moment of restraint.
It is moving past that moment, and wholeheartedly understanding why it should be done. It is through this point, where the Challenge suddenly becomes a Struggle — to continuously weigh everything in, accept, and not dwell in ones own selfish yearnings. It is not about how logic, rationality, and common sense can find its way in your thoughts to dictate the answers to the whys and hows. It requires the strength to find conviction within you and realise that it is not about you sometimes.
And even if that requires, going through inspiring Instagram feeds, brief silent prayers, and a packet of TimTams, then so it should be done.