You can’t have kindness without cruelty, day without night, peace without war, and love without hate. Life is about duality. You can’t appreciate one until you’ve experienced the other.
Whenever you’re going through hard times remember there’s a light you need to appreciate and that is why you are going through what you are going through. One can argue and say but I’ve always known the struggle. When is it my time to be happy? Well life has a dual nature and when we experience the dark side of life that is the Universe giving us our cocoon in life to make us stronger and more resilient.
All those times you’ve struggled in life was when you were in your cocoon. Learning, falling, making mistakes, and training for the next chapter in your life. You may still be in your cocoon. Keep in mind there will be many cocoons in your life that you will experience. Some lessons will be repeated until you’ve fully learned the many dimensions of the lesson.
I’ve endured many losses in my life. I’ve lost over half of my immediate family by age 30. Since I’ve experienced this loss I appreciate my family more and I truly understand the power of time and appreciate every moment I share with others. I know those moments will never be repeated and it may be the last time I see that person.
I was also bullied as a child growing up because I was only one of three Asians in my school in a predominantly Caucasian community. I now know that I’ve experienced this to learn to appreciate myself and my differences and to realize that I have a uniqueness to offer the world. Experiencing bullying also helped me know what it’s like to be the outsider. Now in life, I want to hangout with the strange, unusual, and always want to include them because I know what it’s like to be the Unicorn in a field full of horses.
As you can see from what I’ve learned, I appreciate the light because I’ve endured the darkness. What darkness have you endured? Perhaps you are still working through it. Wherever you are in life understand it’s the power of duality that moves you forward. Keep going. Your darkness is your springboard towards the light. Be kind to yourself always.