The Tarnished Utensil Theory of Life
Occasionally, you might come across an old, tarnished utensil that is too hard to clean. No amount of scrubbing or detergent can clean it because it is so dirty.
This is usually because it was probably misused or ignored for a long while. Maybe it was never cleaned after it was damaged; maybe it started rusting because it was improperly stored. The reasons don't matter now; what matters is you now have a tarnished utensil with hard-to-remove stains.
But if you're persistent about cleaning it, your effort, combined with vinegar, baking soda, some special ingredients and 'elbow grease' will eventually yield results.
The tarnish eventually starts to wear off.
The utensil might never be the same; it might still be permanently scarred, yet it will still be better than before.
Life works the same way.
If you don't follow your purpose and if you don't do the things you know deep down you should be doing, a part of you will atrophy.
Maybe not your body, maybe not your mind, but something worse - your soul.
The longer you go without cleaning up your act, the worse the damage.
But there is hope. You can still recover. It might be painful and take much more time and effort, but you can reverse the damage.
Yet, scars will remain; memories of what you've endured.
But isn't that part of being human?
Isn't that part of life itself?
If you have a tarnished utensil, start cleaning.