“…don’t give up, there’s light at the end of the tunnel…” this is the one statement of encouragement that I have always found inappropriate since I found understanding in life. Don’t get me wrong, it is indeed a good phrase to brighten up a dark moment but I’m trying to find some sense in it.
So you either get into the tunnel or find yourself in the ‘tunnel situation’ and while going through it someone tells you at the end of the tunnel you it will be better; my simple questions is, ‘so what happens in the tunnel before you get to the end?’ these are the important aspects we tend to ignore. The tunnel is a very dark place and in that dark place many things are bound to happen.
There could be knives, potholes, killers and a whole lot of other dangerous stuffs; this makes the possibility of getting to the end of the tunnel a difficulty. You could just chill and believe that when you get to the end of the tunnel everything will be fine and that’s a good enough expectation but what happens when you can’t don’t make it to the end of the tunnel and interestingly, you can’t even tell the story of the tunnel because you will be no more.
Here’s what I propose you tell anyone you find at the end of the tunnel:
- Make a light in the tunnel. It’s a difficult situation and that fact is established but instead of encouraging them to just hold on, show them that while holding two stones struck together can produce a light that they can use to find their way around the tunnel.
- The tunnel is a training ground. Now really, what happens in the tunnel is actually a rehearsal of how you will handle the light when it eventually comes at the end of the tunnel.
- You are in the tunnel not the other way round. Truthfully, there is actually an end to that tunnel which means you get to decide what happens in the tunnel. But if you don’t make up your mind to live through the tunnel you may not make it to the end where you can find the ‘light’.
- Not all tunnels have lights at the end. You may want to hate me on this one but this is exactly why its josh’s truth. The light at the end of the tunnel is just a term of endearment and encouragement therefore, instead of waiting for the end of the tunnel do something that will ensure that at the end of the tunnel there will be light, be it candle light, lantern, flood light, moonlight or even sunlight. It all boils down to what you want to see at the end of the tunnel not just the mysterious story of the light at the end of the tunnel.