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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

THOUGHTS: The Balance of Light and Darkness

Lately, I've been going through some crazy life-motions, exploring some new concepts and feelings.

Last week, I went to Colorado with Malcolm. We visited my parents in Salida. It was an amazing trip. We went to the park every day, and Malcolm and I both got worn out.

When I came back, certain variables in my life had changed in a very dark way. Not in a bad way, but in a dark way.

I suppose the point of the blog tonight is to explore the difference between bad and dark. There are many cliches and quotes about how the night is always darkest before the dawn, about how you don't know how to see the light if there isn't darkness for it to illuminate. These are nice little quotes, sure, and, if you wanted to totally jump on the bandwagon, they can be inspiational or life-changing. But what does it all really mean? There's still an insinuation that the darkness is bad. I'm starting to believe that it's not bad. Darkness is the balance to light. Adversity is the balance to complacency. Yin and yang. Life and death.

There are many things that are commonly considered bad, things like death, sadness, and hurt. I don't know if I'm that convinced that they actually are. I believe more and more often that they're dark. They're the natural balance to the positive things we have in our lives.

Consider this:   Many have said that we must experience adversity to appreciate when times are good. Some have also said that fortunate experiences make us strong enough to weather the storm when life gets difficult. I present the idea that these two concepts are really one, and that they can be mixed and matched in different, copacetic ways. When we realize this, we can attain a certain amount of understanding and acceptance of things for simply being what they are, neither good nor bad.

An amazingly enlightening thought, if I say so myself.

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