The Mind’s Maze

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

We’ve all got our demons. Often we neglect them, dismissing them as trivial nuisances of everyday life, but these fears can become rooted within our minds, take a hold so suddenly that you’re stranded, drowning in the midst of the vast sea – unable to stay afloat, gasping for that one ounce of vitality to keep you going. What is this ‘vitality’ for which we are in search of an answer?

We need not look far because it possesses the simple answer of happiness, laughter and joy. Every person needs, at the end of the day, an opportunity to forget their cares, worries and feel the weight of the world being lifted off their shoulders. These things do not require effort; if you know where to look, you’ll have find it. It needn’t be expensive all the same – it isn’t the diamond-studded ring that stimulates delight, but rather the thought and sentiment. The fragrance of the newly showered earth, curling up with a steaming cup of coffee on the blanketed couch to delve once again into our favorite worlds, basking in the sunlight on the fields, familiar voices in a strange land… these are all small comforts we need reassuring that some things never change.

Though it is said that change is the only permanent thing in this world, I believe that there is a constant, unchanging point of solace for each one of us – that one souvenir of time that you can count on to bring a smile to your face. It needn’t always be an object, but rather a memory, a person, a place, a song, anything really … that allows you to hold on and realize that in times of trouble you can fall back into the magic of its emotional intimacy – that could be your unique pillar – grounding you to earth, distancing the worlds of despondence and bliss, but restoring a balance of the dualities of yin and yang.

It isn’t unusual to feel an odd loneliness, sudden dread or gnawing anxiety in the most ordinary of situations. We’ve all been there. In an age of rat-racing popularity for some, social media bolsters our existence. To others, it eats away the surety built, keeping the raging tide of fierce insecurities at bay, leaving us vulnerable and raw, so we depend on our familiar consolations to know that we are not alone. That we were never alone, and we never will be alone. To see the light, we need the darkness; to know happiness is to know sadness. Here again, we need the dualities to show us the perspectives in life and yet keep a firm, grateful grip on the constancy we possess because no person can wrest it from you.  It is from within, and yours alone, and as countless pages of written imagination so wisely tell us, “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” (Quotation courtesy: Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling.)

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