Bright Lights And Dark Shadows

You can’t always be positive. In reality if you were positive all of the time, how could people honestly accept the authenticity of your character? They couldn’t.

Life is wonderfully balanced. To be truly positive you really have to experience significant negatives as well. That’s simply the way in which the world works. As Carl Jung once said, “The brighter the light the darker the shadow.” I think that really applies here as well.

In my life, I try and keep my writing pretty positive and upbeat because I am out in this world to help people love profoundly and possibly, just maybe, something I talk of will help someone bring some light into their heart. For years I’ve been willing to pull a lesson or learning point out of even the worst eventualities to help provoke thought in others. But what I’d like to share with you is that I am not always positive. Actually I don’t ever force myself to be because that only creates inauthenticity.

I have really dark moments and days sometimes. Actually the greater I love with everything I have, the more extremely I feel discomfort, hurt, loss, and everything else that can make your hands quiver when it comes about. I feel those things now more than I ever have in the past. The softening of a cold heart so many years gone has exposed it to be naked, vulnerable, and gives it the capacity to feel everything intensely.

So sometimes, writing something that’s hopeful, is really me fighting as firmly as I’m able to to keep a positive perspective on life. In truth, some days are a lot tougher than others. Some days, I feel like I’ll just barely breath.

Across the years, I’ve learnt to express these things through my art and pour myself out through my writing and I’m so blessed to have that. So if you are struggling, just know, I struggle as well.

I struggle hard. And with all that, I love hard.

Evan Sanders is the author of The Words Of Encouragement, a website dedicated to bringing the best quotes, motivational content on the web, and blogs all to one place. Going through a rough patch in life? I put together some quotes about death to help you if you are suffering through the loss of a loved one.