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Finding the Light in the Dark: Overcoming Life’s Challenges

The Philosophy of Light in the Dark

The yin-yang of life’s experiences

We often find ourselves facing challenges that test our patience, resilience, and spirit. From unexpected power outages to the profound grief of losing a loved one, these moments can sometimes cast a shadow over our well-being. But what if we could shift our perspective and find a glimmer of light even in the darkest of times?

Everyone faces challenges, regardless of background

It’s a little bit like the yin-yang, kind of like Chinese medicine philosophy. Things happen to all of us. Nobody’s immune from this, no matter what you make as far as your income, where you live, what your skin color is. None of us are immune to bad stuff happening.

The Mental Health Shift

Personal journey through depression

The idea, though, is that we can really have a big shift in our mental health with how we see an event. I know it’s difficult. I know, I’ve been there. I had suicidal depression for years, trust me.  Looking back, I really didn’t have anything to be that distraught about. I had a lot of great things in my life. I just had this huge, nasty black cloud hanging over me, and this is one of the main things that helped me break free from that. And I am 100% in remission, completely gone, like no depression whatsoever. Obviously, there are up and down days, just like you have, but the actual clinical depression is gone.

Real-Life Examples of Finding Positivity

Power outages: An unexpected family bonding time

So, seeing the light in the dark, here are some examples to illustrate. A good one would be we’re up here in the Midwest. We recently had this huge line of thunderstorms and even spawned a couple of tornadoes go through. We lost power several days ago, and at the time of writing this, we still don’t have power back on. It’s easy to be grumpy about it. But the idea is that you’re gonna be okay. So, the first thing I want to teach you is, express a little frustration for a few minutes, and then tell yourself, “I’m gonna be okay. I got this.” Because you will. You’re a survivor. You’re tough.

Again, we lost power, and I realized it’s not so bad. The teenagers aren’t on their devices as much. Nobody can be glued to a TV all day. We’re able to get together as a family and do a little bit more family kind of old-school stuff. We created some really amazing memories. One of these little hiccups in your life, like a power outage, turn it into a fun memory.

Dealing with the loss of a loved one: Grieving and cherishing memories

Another tough example is the death of a loved one. Obviously, we’ve got to grieve. Give yourself all the time you need to grieve, but eventually, look for the light in the dark. It will get better.

Loss of a job is a big one. If one door closes, another one’s going to open. A job loss can be an opportunity for a fresh start.

Being ghosted by someone, maybe you’re dating someone or maybe that’s a friend. Don’t take it personally. Move on and build stronger relationships.

Facing Health Challenges with Gratitude

Health challenges are tough, especially if you have chronic pain. The biggest thing, though, with that is, first of all, be grateful. Look around at what you do have. I’ve been through a lot of health challenges. I learned from that. I learned what doesn’t work and what does work.

Conclusion: Building Resilience and Thriving

So, look for the light in the dark. Don’t be afraid to express the emotion for a few minutes, but then switch that switch in your brain. Create a new neural circuit that helps you say, “You know what? Where can I be productive here? What can I learn from this situation? And how can I survive and move on and even thrive in many cases?”

Life, with its myriad of ups and downs, is a testament to our human resilience. While challenges are inevitable, our response to them defines our journey. By actively seeking the light in the dark, we not only build a positive neural circuit but also equip ourselves with an optimistic outlook that can turn adversities into opportunities. Embrace each moment, express your emotions, and always remember: even in the darkest times, there’s a light waiting to be found.

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