Contrast is essential to happiness.
I love summer. I love hot summer days, sitting outside in the blazing sun. I love to feel the heat on my skin. I love the happiness that sunshine brings me.
There are never enough sunny days for me. I feel that I would thrive in Arizona, New Mexico, South Texas. Not everyone feels the same.
I crave the sun.
It’s easy to stop appreciating the warmth of the sun after a long string of sunny days. We come to expect, and at times dread the sun. Appreciation has turned to expectation and routine.
I also enjoy a summer storm.
I love the smell of the coming storm. I love the humid air, the feel, the gloominess, the foreshadowing, the anticipation of the storm.
Summer storms are usually short. They last a few hours…maybe, wash away dust, remoisten soil, and refresh plants.
They also bring thunder and lightning. They are big, bold, loud, and beautiful.
They bring splendor that awes and relieves.
Lightning reveals nature’s gorgeousness in contrast.
The storm passes, and the sun shines again. It shines as brightly and intensely as before and brings with it a renewed sense of appreciation.
The contrast brings appreciation. The beauty of a storm brings an even greater sense of nature, the rawness, the power, the energy.
The contrast is needed to break a cycle in order to allow reflection of our true nature, our true happiness, our true desires.
Without contrast, challenges, hurdles, obstacles, resistance, beautiful pain, and suffering…
… there would be no true appreciation and gratitude for those things that make us happy.
Without pain, it would be harder to love unconditionally, because there would be no conditions to test that love.
We need to be tested to recognize our power, our growth, our desires, our joys.
We need contrast to exist.
Unending, relentless sun brings death.
Enjoy the sun. Enjoy the lightning. Dance in the rain. Revel in the cold. Absorb the beauty of fall, and be amazed by the growth and renewal of spring.
We need them all. We need challenges and darkness, to appreciate the sun and the light.
Find beauty and joy in the chaos of the storm. Your appreciation for yourself can grow with every lightning strike.
It’s all there for your benefit.
Pain brings purpose. Purpose brings bliss.