One of the things I have struggled with ever since I was a young man is a creeping sense of cynicism. I have a knack for seeing the worst in things, the ulterior motives in others, and to perceive the inevitable entropy that will envelop almost any situation. It has made it hard in the past to be inspired by things, or to truly appreciate the things around me.
A girlfriend of mine in the past once told me that I had become "too cynical" about the world. Of course, in mentality I was exhibiting at the time, I thought that she was simply too optimistic. Oh, how wrong I was...
It took a lot of heartbreak and difficult situations to lead to me rediscovering the light again. I started seeing what was good in the world; what there was to be inspired by and what could be done to make things even better.
Despite at one point being more negative than most, I now feeling as if I've gone the other way. While many I know eventually succumb to cynicism, I have somehow pulled myself out of it. I have allowed myself to become moved, shockingly enough. It's one of things that I am most proud of.
So, how can it be done in your own life? I don't know. The journey is different for all of us. But, if I was a betting man, I would say that it has a lot to do with accepting your injuries, your scars, accepting that while there may be darkness in the world, there is also a whole lot of light too. And in the end, it's what we focus on that fills our life.
I choose inspiration. I choose creativity. I choose connection. I choose love. I choose light.
What about you?