Finding sunshine on a rainy day

“I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It’s gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright) sunshiny day.” -I Can See Clearly Now (Jimmy Cliff) A few weeks ago, I planted some tomato, basil, and cilantro seeds in a tiny pot and mini greenhouses. Much to my amazement, they actually started growing!! As they grew taller, I noticed that they began shifting towards the window – towards the sunshine. I knew plants did this, but I hadn’t seen it in a while, and it struck me how everything in nature does what it needs to survive and live an optimal life. Humans are the exception here on Earth. Humans are the only animals who focus on the struggle long after it’s gone. We spend hours, days, even years re-living the past. We re-tell our painful stories over and over – sometimes to the point where we don’t have the capacity to even feel joy anymore (because we are still trying to numb the pain from the old event, which simultaneously blocks happiness from entering our lives). We also spend a great deal of time worrying about the future, asking the hypothetical “What if…?” question and causing ourselves unnecessary stress and grief. Neither of these behaviours serves us in the long run – not as individuals and consequently not as a whole (the population of the planet). “Happiness comes from within and is found in the present moment by making peace with the past and looking forward to the future.” ~Doe Zantamata~...

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