Dear Quiet Minds,
All it takes is a switch.
Not a physical switch, but more of a mental one. Rather than say no switch to yes. It can really be that simple. With one flick of the wrist, a whole room (or a whole mind) can be showered in light.
Recently, I received an opportunity that will completely change my entire environment. I’ve been keeping my head low in school, working hard and although I’ve had a few instances where I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone, comfort has always been in reach. Now with this new opportunity, comfort will be far from arm’s length and I have to admit I’m very scared. Being in a new environment and meeting new people usually stir up an internal battle of anxiety within me. I’ve been feeling low even though this is an opportunity that should have me jumping up and down in pure joy.
Normally when I get down, I have an internal conversation where I lay out the pros and cons so that I can pick myself up again. Through these conversations, I’ve discovered that any situation can be simple if you want it to be. I can easily say that it’s simple and just by saying so it becomes exactly that because the concept of simplicity and complexity is all mental. During complicated situations, you see all your problems tangle together. One problem slithering underneath the other, ultimately squeezing so close together that it looks utterly impossible to untangle. But if you just imagine a clear mind and take one problem at a time, forgetting the others, it’ll be easier to start finding the solution. This is something that I’ve been trying to do recently because I’ve realized this year that happiness, confidence and peace are all choices.
Every morning when you wake up, you are presented with an imaginary switch. You can either choose happiness or frustration, confidence or shyness, peace or chaos. By simply switching to the more positive mindset, the entire day becomes more bearable and not because the situations become bearable, but because you make them so. With a different perspective, everything looks brighter and less threatening. Usually when presented with a major change in your life, it can be easy to fall into a pit of darkness and fear where all the complications hiss at you from every direction. But if you make the choice to turn on the switch, then it can help you see all the good that can come from these problems.
Although big changes are coming and problems will always be there, switching to a better perspective can really lighten up your day, which is something I definitely want to put into action. Ultimately, the opportunities we are offered, whether good or bad, give us the chance to learn about ourselves, build our character and achieve things that we can be proud of. Just remember that you have control over your own switch and have the ability to make the best out of every opportunity.
Sometimes all you need to do is get out from under that umbrella to realize that the day has been sunny all along.