The character of all life on Earth is cyclical, allowing for the experience of every aspect of existence – from plenty to lack, pain to good health, joy to sadness. If one closely observes the natural world, we see these cycles play out. In studying animals we note they also go through these phases and that during tough times will show agony, fear, or anger and sometimes may even openly grieve. Yet in the end they accept the experience and continue on their own journey – not becoming “immobilized” by these difficult periods.
Consider looking at life like a timepiece – we can picture the positive aspects at 12:00 o’clock and the negative at 6:00 o’clock. As we go around, we eventually pass through both hours and all the moments in between. When we begin to understand that this is the reality of living on this planet, that pain and sadness are just a part of our Earthly experience, we can come away with a more realistic outlook on the journey. We start to accept that while the negative cannot be eliminated, we can take advantage of these times to learn and grow – so as we approach the 6:00 o’clock hour again, the experience of our previous pass-through can help us better navigate the coming “darker time” – that way we need not get stuck at 6:00 o’clock and become incapacitated.
The old saying “life is not fair” is true yet untrue when you consider that fairness implies balance. To have balance requires the incorporation of extremes – an inescapable condition of life on Planet Earth.