2017 © Eric Christopher Webb
We can never be truly certain about someone else or their commitment to help us. Regardless of who they might be, friends, family members, or even spouses, commitment or dedication is often relegated to situations or circumstances despite the best intentions.
Everyone has their limits, particularly when intervening or extending one’s self on another person’s behalf or when there is risk, sacrifice or cost involved. Love, selflessness, or goodwill does not change this.
Simply put, we cannot permit ourselves to depend on the support, good graces or charity of others even though universal law requests it or even a debt demands it.
Nothing outside ourselves is ever certain. All that is certain however is who we really are as human beings and how well we know ourselves before we experience hardships or struggles.
While good times or superficial challenges may have allowed us to either mislead others or ourselves, we cannot fool or deceive hardships and struggles. They unveil and unmask who we really are. They are the judge and the jury forcing us to convict ourselves.
When faced with them, we will either courageously dig in our heels to stand and fight or cowardly drop everything to turn and run. And once the dust settles, we will either faithfully remain to celebrate and rebuild what we lost or we will hopelessly mourn and abandon our cause never to dare again.
We must understand our resolve, and where it is lacking, we must do all we can do to strengthen it before adversity ever happens. The knowledge of and adherence to our tenacity and resilience is all that matters and all we can ever truly depend.
The WordsByWebb blog distributes a weekly quotation and reflection every Tuesday from National Black Authors Tour bestselling author and multi-talented writer Eric Christopher Webb (E.WEBB?!) to inspire, motivate and encourage personal development of its readers. The blog also regularly shares news, updates, new poetry and excerpts of the writer’s latest work. Webb, a spoken word artist, former Washington News Correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and nationally-syndicated Soul Searching columnist, has also been featured in movies, music videos, commercials and literary documentaries on HBO, BET Weekend’s Evening of Spoken Word, BET’s Rap City, Video Jukebox, The Party Machine, The Learning Channel, Voice of America and XM Radio. He is the author of five books, including "The Garvey Protocol: Inspired By True Events," a 2013 Phillis Wheatley Book Award Finalist for First Fiction and the National Black Authors Tour bestseller, "Love Letters, Death Threats & Suicide Notes." He has also contributed to numerous anthologies, journals and magazines.
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