Most of us are familiar with the Harry Potter fantasy series of R. K. Rowling. Rowling had a difficult life. Her mother suffered from multiple sclerosis. She had a strained relationship with her father. Her marriage failed. She was jobless for a time. She lived on “state welfare” before her novels succeeded. The manuscript of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” the first of the Harry Potter series, was rejected by twelve publishing houses before it was accepted by Bloomsbury. Her life touched, so to say, the rock bottom.
Reflecting on her life Rowling says, “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” The pain, despair, frustration and anger that we feel at ourselves and at everything around us, when we touch rock bottom, can serve as a great incentive to use all our energies and do everything possible for us to improve our situation so that we may never again find ourselves in such a state. It is possible to use the rock bottom as a solid foundation to rebuild ourselves.