“Storms often draw something out of us that calm seas don’t.”
Without experiencing the highest of highs in life, and at the other extreme, the lowest of lows, our heart and soul and the depth of emotions we feel would remain constant and unchanged.
It would be difficult to differentiate between joy and boredom, pain and comfort, anxiety and calm, dark and light, or love and hate.
Everything would be static.
Everything would bring us the same depth of feelings and stir similar repetitive actions.
It would all appear to us the same: good, bad or indifferent; black, grey or white; storms or calm sea.
The deepest and most meaningful things in life are often brought to our attention through the good times and the bad times also.
These moments at both ends of the spectrum often are significant learning points for us if we open our eyes, mind and heart wide to the gifts these periods bring.
The truth is, a life of constant bliss would indeed teach us nothing.
We need the juxtaposition at the other end of the emotional spectrum to fully emerge and develop into the most awesome and highest version of ourselves we can humanly be.
As I look out of my window today, it’s a dull, damp grey day here in Scotland.
But it’s not where my eyes are drawn to.
Looking beyond the grey sky, and within the midst of it, there is such a beautiful patch of the most amazing azure blue.
I so love the following Iain S. Thomas quote and hope it resonates with you too:
“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard.
Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let bitterness steal sweetness.
Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree,
you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”