Have you ever thought about how cool lightening is? Its created when positive and negative charges within a cloud reach each other, react, and neutralize. The sparks form to counteract the charge. I guess people are sort of like clouds in a way. We have all of these positive and negative emotions going on within us and we are best off when they are neutralized. Balanced. If we have too much negativity, we need a spark of some sort to help us neutralize. Maybe that spark is watching a movie or taking a nap. Maybe it’s spending time with a friend or a long drive in the middle of nowhere. Whatever it is, no matter how big or small, chances are it’s pretty beautiful.
Like lightening, these things can be quick, sudden bursts that create a spark of light. They can also be longer, more drawn out stripes with different roads to travel down as the spark splits into a feather of light. And, just how lightening can be sort of scary, getting yourself out of a negative mindset can be scary. Its not always easy. Like the clouds, we get used to being out of balance for so long and, as the balance gets more and more out of whack, the clouds get darker and darker preparing for a shock to neutralize.
We all know the feeling of waking up in the middle of the night, in a pitch-black bedroom, and being blinded when we turn on the light in the bathroom. With time, we become so used to the darkness that we are blinded by the sudden light. However, as our eyes adjust, we begin to appreciate the light that we so recently were angrily blinded by.
Coming out of a negative mindset is often much like this. We sit in darkness until something forces us out of our comfort zone – our darkness, if you will. We typically become so used to our darkness that we lose sight of what it was like to be in the light. We become comfortable with this darkness and, therefore, this forced positivity is often hard to come to terms with in the moment. However, ones we return to balance, we tend to come to appreciate this state of equilibrium.
We don’t often recognize the beauty of a storm as we are in the middle of it. When we are in the middle of a negative mindset, we don’t usually look at all the opportunities to add in positivity. We don’t look at the rain and lightning thinking “wow, look how beautiful it is that the atmosphere is neutralizing so we can have a sunny day tomorrow.” The truth of the matter is that storms, both literal and figurative, aren’t always easy to get through, but the process often leads to beautiful things.