I used to be scared of the dark. Growing up I often had nightmares of snakes underneath my bed, of being locked out of the house and left at the mercy of monsters in the darkness.
Thankfully these days I have my own set of keys and the only snakes I’ve seen lately were behind a glass enclosure.
The dark still has a bit of a hold on me, I’ll be honest. I’ve had many dark moments in the last few years, stresses and anxieties and bouts of self doubt, fear and insecurity that often rear their ugly head. We all have them.
Oh yes, those monsters come in many different forms.
However, they can also become our allies, if we learn to accept them for what they are, opportunities to grow and push out of our comfort zone.
Lately though, I feel like things are finally illuminating.
It’s getting clearer as I focus on what I love. It’s taken some time but finally I’ve worked out what I want and where my passions and dreams lie.
It’s like I’ve needed this time before I could find my way to where I am now.
Perhaps we can only appreciate the light after a period of darkness.
I’d become lost in overthinking and worrying, analysing everything, questioning, waiting for the right time to start things, when really there is no right time.
The only time is now. The more I meditate this month, as part of Wendy’s 90 day Change a Habit Challenge at Brilliance Within the clearer it’s all becoming.
Sometimes the best thing to do is to jump right in, even if it feels big and daunting.
So that’s what I’m doing now. I’m throwing myself into an online marketing training course which I’ll be juggling with family life, my freelance article writing, making music and blogging.
The dark no longer feels quite so scary, in fact it feels exciting. There’s so much that lies ahead.
If you’ve lost your way a little, perhaps you could try to:
- Write out what you love – call it your love list.
- Loosen up – dance, Zumba, walk the dog, anything to get the endorphins flowing.
- Meditate, start a Gratitude Journal and write down what you’re grateful for.
- Embrace nature. We’ve just returned from a weekend camping by the river but anywhere will do, a park, your backyard, anywhere you can look up.
- Release your inner child, laugh, lie on the grass, pick daisies, watch clouds …
- Be spontaneous and try something you’ve never done or travel a different way to work, anything to shake out of ‘the usual”.
- Look out for those signs that show you’re on the right track and don’t isolate yourself – call a friend, a neighbour, email a blogger friend.
- Get rid of these limiting words … no more ‘can’t’, ‘won’t’ or ‘shouldn’t’. Be fearless, even if you have to fake it to start with.
- Focus on what you have, not on what you don’t have.
- Accept where you are right now and be kind to yourself..
It doesn’t matter how much darkness we’ve been through, there’s always light ahead, always.
Everything works in cycles and seasons and in everything there is a reason.
Believe it, I do, and DREAM BIG.
Wishing you peace and a light heart as we continue the journey.
Have a wonderful week ahead.
Sharing for Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Dark