Treasures On The Sand

Gabriel King, Storyteller



Delirium Sets In: Overcoming Anxiety Pt. I

It has been a day or so since the storm sent you adrift. The sun beats down upon you as you lay sprawled over the piece of debris floating aimlessly, almost lifeless. Something bumps into you. You half-heartedly look up to see what it is and see nothing. You lay your head back again, shrugging it off. Something bumps into you again. Something slick. Your heart skips a beat. Your eyes gape open as your mind triggers the Jaws theme. You begin frantically kicking  your feet and look around in time to catch sight of a shark fin descending into the water. Panic fills your soul. You spin about, trying to find where the dreaded creature will pop up next. A fin breaks through the water's surface, followed by another, then another... Fear grips you as you watch the horde of sharks encircle you. You catch glimpses of their black eyes beneath the waves, peering into your very being with their sinister grins.  A loud roaring behind you draws your attention. You turn around, only to be faced by a nightmare. Barreling down on you, a massive great white slices through the sea, eyeing you, its prey.  You look upon your predicament. If you try to get out of the way of the enormous beast, you will be devoured by its smaller cohorts. If you do nothing, it will consume you. Sadly, the beast gives you no choice for it is now upon you. You watch in horror as it opens its jaws, revealing the bottomless pit that awaits you. You scream in terror as the shark's mouth overtakes you, leaving you in darkness as your cries echo through its stomach. Suddenly, you awake from your nightmare, nearly throwing yourself fully into the sea. Sweat pours down your face as you anxiously look about you for signs of danger.  Nothing. You try to relax, wiping the sweat from your forehead as you continue to drift along the sea, the unknown awaiting you. We all experience anxiety.... Continue Reading →

Despair Takes Hold: Overcoming Sadness Pt. I

As you continue to drift at sea, your mind wanders to things long since past. You contemplate the life you once had, the dreams you wanted to pursue. As you do, your soul aches within you. Sadness overtakes you as tears well up in your eyes.  It seems your present and future have been shattered. The world has been turned upside down. It as though a large pit has opened beneath you and swallowed you whole, leaving no way of escape. You stare blankly across the sea, a stream of tears pouring down your face. A glimmer of sunlight dances atop the waves.  You begin to think to yourself, "My life is over..." "What hope is there for me amidst this vast sea of the unknown?" When tragedy strikes, no matter its form, there is a sense of being lost in a fog. The world we once knew appears to have been burned to ash and blown away... Continue Reading →

Fighting the Darkness Without a Torch: Faith and Chronic Pain

"Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark." -Rabindranath Tagore Fighting chronic pain is already a daunting task, but is even more difficult when you do not have a firm foundation to stand on.... Continue Reading →

Mourning Through the Pain: Grief and Chronic Pain

"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love." -Washington Irving... Continue Reading →

Circling the Pit: Depression and Chronic Pain

"You say you're 'depressed', all I see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn't mean you are defective, it just means you're human." -David Mitchell Depression is not uncommon when you are fighting chronic... Continue Reading →

Throwing Out the Cookie-Cutter Mold: Why There is No Such Thing as “Normal”

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” -Maya Angelou What is "normal"?  The dictionary definition is, "the usual, average, or typical state or condition." The adjective definition is, "conforming to... Continue Reading →

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