Between the dark memories of the past and the fear of the unknown future, a troubled mind can drive itself toward abolition. In the cold rush of a sleepless night, our lives may seem to be worthless, our efforts unyielding, and our existence obsolete. Blinded by our pessimism, we make rash decision, which, if we’re lucky enough, we wouldn’t have to live with for the rest of our lives. If we’re not so fortunate, and our cynical prophesies are fulfilled, we may have to endure the consequences of our actions for years to come – making our moment of misery last a lifetime.
However, as the sun rises the next day, and the murky shadows begin to retract from the walls, we begin to see things differently. We appreciate the gift of life, a sunny day, a drop of rain, the smell of coffee, the softness of our skin, the freckles on our shoulders, the fact that we have clothes to wear and a roof over our head, and the fact that — even though our yesterdays were a waste and our tomorrows are uncertain — we were given the gift of the present.
It doesn’t take much for us to see things in a new light. A good night’s sleep, a few minutes of exercise, a smile from a stranger, a call from a relative, a compliment from a friend, a productive day at work, or sometimes just a good song can change our mood a 180°.
So let’s take a deep breath, appreciate what we have, and go to bed with positive thoughts. Tomorrow might just bring another blessing.