Out Of The Shadow

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You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun.”
Shaun Hick

Throughout every person’s life, there will be hard times where it is forecast to be dark and gloomy, with seemingly constant showers. And when it rains, it often pours.

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We can all find ourselves standing in the shadows at difficult times. The Greek philosopher Epictetus said it perfectly more than 2,000 years ago: “People are disturbed, not by things, but by the principles and opinions which they form concerning (those) things. When we are hindered, or disturbed, or grieved, let us never attribute it to others, but to ourselves; that is, to our own principles and opinions.”

A peaceful and mentally strong person is not someone who is always in a good situation, but rather someone who always has a good attitude in every situation.

Regardless of what you are going though, it is about choosing: Will I allow this to upset me? Will I choose to make this bad or good? Will I choose to stay or walk away? Will I choose to speak out or whisper? Will I choose to react or take the time to mindfully respond?

You can always choose an attitude that moves you forward. And doing so will help you change things from the inside out, and ultimately allow you to grow beyond the struggles you can not control.

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No matter what is happening, you can resourcefully fight the battles of just one day. It is only when you add the battles of those two mind-bending eternities, yesterday and tomorrow, that life gets overwhelmingly intense and complicated. Choose to focus only on today.

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It really only takes a small shift everyday that over time will amount to enormous change. Tiny, positive steps that you take moment by moment, and then one day when you look back it all adds up to something worthwhile – something that is often far better, and different, than what you had imagined when you began your journey.

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Most importantly, do not be afraid to fall apart for a little while, because when it happens, the situation will open an opportunity for you to grow and rebuild yourself into the better person that you are capable of being….. Take yourself out of the shadows, one step at a time….starting today.

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“Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just… start.”
Ijeoma Umebinyuo


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