When life is not going as smoothly as we like we speak of adversity. It comes in many forms, from losing a job, becoming infertile, or experiencing the end of a relationship. Adversity can help us grow, but only if we can face it head on.

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Why me?

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As a young reporter, just making my way into the grown up world,…

9. Why me?

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At first Viviana is bowled over by her inner Spirit. But then her questions arise. WHY ME? Viviana believes that if you try and be a good person you can avoid bad things happening to you. Her naivety is countered by Fate who tries to help her see that adversity is part of life, for everyone.

10. High up and Mighty

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Fate continues to challenge Viviana's naive assumption that the Divine has a hand in every event that befalls human beings. It is a dilemma that religions through the ages have struggled with; is it His Will, is it Karma, or does shit just happen? Fate suggests that whatever the answer, Viviana has personal will in choosing her attitude to what has happened to her.

Embracing new horizons

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One of my favourite albums is the Turn of a friendly card by…

11. Oldest Question

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Viviana's inner Spirit tackles her question is a slightly more gentle fashion. Telling her that in the end, the answer to the question why me, is why not?

Between death and new life

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There you now lie, my sweetest love Helpless as a babe, and yet more helpless still. Sunk deep into your deepest self You resemble the boy

Small sparks of Life

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Small sparks of Life That burned so briefly Small sparks of Life Were loved so fiercely

12. Hogwash and gibberish

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That answer may have pleased Viviana, but now her Shadow part breaks into the open, enraged at the facile new agey answers that the Spirit gives. Viviana is now fully confronted with an aspect of herself that she has denied. Viviana, the 'good girl', though more than a little whiney, meets Shadow, 'pure unadulterated rage', and then... Shadow's grief of being abandoned.

13. Is it my fault?

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After the full frontal attack from Viviana's Shadow there is a moment of reflection and sadness for the Spirit. Can God, can our parents, our guardian angels or even our souls stop bad things from happening. Stop us from hurting ourselves, hurting other parts of ourselves? If the could, should they even try? Or is it enough that they give us comfort when we fall?