ADVICE: "How Do I Get Through Dark Times?"

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September 11th, 2015

Dear Andrew W.K.,

I don't know exactly how to describe what I'm feeling, but it's not good. I feel like my life is closing in around me. like there's a dark cloud hanging over everything and slowly enveloping me in a kind of blurry panic. It's staining everything I see and making it harder and harder for me to notice the good things when I'm surrounded by so many bad vibes. How do I make my way through this? How do I see in the dark?

Help,
Losing My Light

Dear Losing My Light,

Sometimes a dark time isn't necessarily a bad time. What you're experiencing is a transition, the end of one chapter of life and the beginning of a new one. As the sun sets and night falls, we can feel a sense of loss — longing for the warmth and brightness of the day, when we could see things clearly and take comfort in the security of life at its most illuminated and transparent. But only a fool would expect the day to last forever, and even the longest day must eventually come to a close. The wise person learns not only to accept this transition, but to appreciate it — to see the night and it's darkness as an absolute necessity, a natural companion to the day and its brilliance.

We must not mistake the experience of darkness as a sign of tortuous death or the end of all good things. It is just a turning point, a part of a cycle. And once the darkness has completed its part of the pattern, the shadows will retreat, the sun will rise, and the light will return once more. We must be able to accept and love the cycles of life, and learn to recognize these signs of transition as part of the ever-unfolding and developing nature of life.

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This news item was posted on: September 11, 2015

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