“I’m at the Bottom of the Pit and the Bottom Drops Out” by Joan Y. Edwards
Here I am. I’m a character in your book. You don’t know me very well yet. But you will. You see I am at the bottom of my pit. Everything has gone bad for me in the last 21 days. See that’s how I’m looking at things. The more I look at it like that, it gets even worse. Every which way I turn, I have to fight off negative thinking and I keep getting in deeper trouble. I used to have simple bills. Now my mortgage is past due. I got fired from my job. My boyfriend’s in jail. If I can’t escape from here before the police arrive, I’ll be in jail, too. Trouble is everywhere in my mind, body, and surroundings. It’s not yet in my soul. If I don’t do something quickly, my soul may be lost, too.
God said, “Ask and you shall receive,” but he didn’t say when or what he was sending. I didn’t get an email from him yet. My phone didn’t ring. There isn’t a known God app for my iPad yet. So all I have to take this on is the faith that I’ll escape.
I’m doing my best. If something bad happens and I’m doing my best, then where do I place the blame? Whose fault is it that my life is this way at this particular moment? Whose fault is it that I am in a wonderful human body and my mind is flipping out on me with fright? If all this stress keeps surrounding me, my wonderful “one hoss shay” that was built for a hundred years may show signs of imperfection. Its flaws may cause it to crumble. I need soft pillows of love to heal it….pillows of love come from God and his Universe.
My nerves are shot from trying to control everything that’s spiraling out of my control. I never had control. I just thought I did. My energy is zapped to 1%.
I am too weak to overcome this obstacle to health and well-being. I know that one day I’ll die. But I’m not ready to die yet. I am down here in the self-pity mire at the bottom of this deep pit. The sides of the hole have my fingernail marks where I continuously try to climb up its walls. My belief in myself has almost disappeared for a few days, minutes, hours…time seems limitless and without proper measure in my mind.
Your character has to arrive at the bottom of a bottomless pit with no hope of being saved before he changes and figures out a way to solve his problems, to accept responsibility, and to get on with his life. To succeed at long last.
Like in real life, he needs an “aha” moment that shows him the answer. He also needs the courage to try a new way. Even if it is not foolproof, he believes this new way has a good chance of working.
In my own personal experience a few weeks ago, I had to rely on God to help fill me with hope. You and your characters may need God to help you, too.
I hope you find the help you need within yourself or from outside sources. Please leave me a note. I love hearing from you, my readers.
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Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
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