The Sun Always Shines
Not so long ago I was in a dark place.
My metaphorical sun that symbolizes brightness and joy did not appear to be shining.
Instead, it felt like a dark grey cloud blocked the warmth and the brightness that typically shines on me. Rather than feeling like my usual happy and joyful self, there were times I struggled to be optimistic that I would ever feel good again.
In other words, I was tempted to believe the sun will never shine again.
In this post-chemo period, I felt pretty miserable physically and needed to remind myself that even though it did not feel like a bright and happy sun was shining in my life, it actually was.
I had to remind myself the sun never goes out. It is always shining as is my personal inner light of peace and joy.
Just like clouds can pass in front of the sun and block the light, the same thing can happen in our lives when we have some sort of challenge.
At those cloudy times it is easy to put most of our attention on the cloud, which represents our problem, rather than look beyond the cloud to remembering the sun always shines. It never goes out. Darkness is temporary.
Since most of us obviously prefer to be living in response to sunshine, rather than grey clouds, focusing on the truth of who we are, which like the sun, always shines, will be more comforting than believing the clouds or challenges are permanent.
To help myself through those metaphorical cloudy days, I would close my eyes and remember other times in my life where I felt overwhelmed by the power of darkness and despair and recalled how with time, a shift eventually happened.
I reminded myself to be patient and to simply and peacefully bide my time in the best way I could as I waited for the clouds to move on so I could feel the warmth of the sun again.
Just like complaining about the weather on those cloudy days changes nothing, the same thing goes in the metaphorical sense.
We may not see it. We may not feel it, but the sun is always shining and so are we.