Monday, January 31, 2011

Chasing the Sun

I've been very stressed recently.

But today, I stepped outside after being locked inside the cold, darkness that can be our apartment, and realized, it's such a beautiful day.

Have you ever seen a tree you've seen a thousand times, but one day just stopped to look at it and think, "Wow...what's with this tree today?"

Nothing really. That trees been there a long time. You've seen it many times. So the more important question is, what's with you today?

And all at once things are put into perspective. Suddenly your stress matters little, your worries melt away and you remember, you're alive. And I don't just mean alive, physically, but you're capable of stopping and thinking, "I'm living in this world, and what a beautiful world it is."

A little while ago I had a conversation with someone whom I love dearly, but found we were really standing on opposite ends of how we view humanity, and the world.

Look, honestly, at the end of the day, you can either go to sleep thinking the world is a terrible place, or you can go to sleep thinking it's a beautiful place. But you're view on the world doesn't change it from being what it is. That's why if we think it sucks, it still sucks when we wake up in the morning. But if we think it's beautiful, it continues to be so day in and day out.

I really do believe in the human psyche, the power of the human spirit, our ability to overcome great things simply by getting in touch with ourselves. And when you reach that place, sometimes, we stop because today the grass smells great, and you realize, how long has it been since you last noticed what a beautiful scent it is?

The grass isn't always greener on the other side. It's greener right here, right in front of you, right now. You've just had your eyes closed for so long, you mistook blindness for sight, and realized what you've been doing all this time has been wandering without purpose.

Stop wandering. Open your eyes. Stress, depression, heartache, sadness, confusion, all the things that weigh down one's soul can be lifted by the knowledge that, when you lay your head to rest, you will rise on an earth so beautiful it is worth fighting for, it is worth soldiering on to find the peace that awaits you as light at the end of a dark tunnel.

I heard a story once, that can actually be summed up in a quote from The Dark Knight, oddly enough.

"The night is darkest just before the dawn."

You cannot catch the sun by chasing it through the day, otherwise you will tire and quit, only to grow more and more angered at the fact that the glory that is the sun is always just out of reach. It will always outrun you. But if you turn around, and run through the night, then you will meet the sunrise head on. And only in braving that darkness will you realize nothing can outrun you. All things beautiful are attainable.

There really are two kinds of us in this world. Are we waking up at dawn, or are we spiritually, intellectually, psychically nocturnal? Are we waking up in darkness only to convince ourselves the light will never come?

At the end of the day, you can either hit the pillow thinking this world is a terrible place, or a beautiful one.

Which one are you, which one would you like to be? And more importantly, what are you going to do to get there?

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