"Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up." - Alfred
Imagine lying at the bottom of a deep hole, the worst hell on earth. Imagine the pain of a broken back, being hated, humiliated, mocked, disrespected, and left for dead. Imagine being surrounded by hopelessness and despair. This was Bruce Wayne’s reality, and yet he did not lose hope.
While countless prisoners, in the pit of darkness, were paralyzed by fear, Bruce took a leap of faith and climbed to the light day. Bruce knew he had only one chance to succeed, to save the city from despair, to be a witness to hope. Bruce understood the meaning of hope.
“…there can be no true despair without hope." - Bane
What did Bruce see that others could not? Bruce saw a light in the beautify hearts of the people! What’s that you say? It’s only a movie? Tell that anyone who has overcome illness, injury, addiction, abuse, porn, abortion, being bullied, the loss of a loved one, or any hopeless situation; like Bruce they found hope! Hope enables us to live in the present moment. Hope enables us to look beyond our personal pit of darkness, and seek even the smallest flicker of light. When we find the light in the darkness, we become the light for others.
“The late Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan, a prisoner for thirteen years, nine of them spent in solitary confinement, has left us a precious little book”: Prayers of Hope. During thirteen years in jail, in a situation of seemingly utter hopelessness, the fact that he could listen and speak to God became for him an increase power of hope, which enabled him, after his release, to become for people all over the world a witness to hope – to that great hope which does not wane even in the nights of solitude” – Benedict XVI
Is hopelessness your reality? Is your heart filled with despair, sadness, hatred, loneliness, or fear? Are you like Bruce’s blind prison doctor, unable to see the way out of despair? Do you accept darkness as the only option? What if you had the ‘freedom’ to escape your prison? Would you take it?
What if you were holding the only candle in the pit of darkness, would you light it? If you found the way out, would you throw the rope in to the pit to save others?
In your journal, reflect on the following:
What is your pit of darkness? Does it hold you captive?
Do you want to find a way out? What stops you?
What do you fear?
Are you afraid you will fall/fail? Bruce fell twice before he succeeded.
Are you afraid you will succeed? What about success do you fear?
Are you afraid to trust?