I find it ironic that most of the civilized world begins the day with a bitter drink.
Life, if you have lived it for very long, inevitably presents its bitter moments. The death of someone you love, a job that goes sour, expenses that run out of the reach of your resources, old friends changing, a startling health issue.
To live takes courage. To face things such as these is no small task for anyone, particularly the naive or fainthearted. People who give up, or bury their heads in the sand line the roadside in throngs. Let me encourage you that it is possible to be the person in a tragedy who keeps their head, even if the tragedy is your own. You can find the courage to face life in a way that makes it better for those around you as well. Finding courage means you may have to search for it in a dark place. That’s where things hide, anyway.
There is a recurring theme in fairy tales of the dragon who lives underground. In truth there is always a dragon somewhere. It takes courage to face him. Usually it’s better to take him by surprise before he comes to find you. Take an army along with you if need be, but if you ignore the dragon, you do so at your own peril.
Drink the cup. The world needs you.