Artfulmind

I don't understand the obsession with being positive all the time. My friends are constantly saying to me, 'Cheer up, it may never happen.' But it may happen, that's reality. It's exhausting trying to be more positive to please them and fit in. I always can see the dark side too but now I don't feel like I can talk about how I see things. What do you think about being positive all the time?

Short answer

Nothing. Embrace your gloom.

Long answer

I acknowledge and welcome the dark within you and say not, 'Cheer up,' rather, 'Blessed are the cracked.'

Grouch Marx's quip runs, 'Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.'

Perhaps, 'Blessed are the cracked for they shall let in the dark,' is more fitting for our times. I wonder at our growing fear of the dark within ourselves ... Becoming blinded by the light we seek. Exhausting ourselves in futile attempts to become creatures only of the light … enlightened beings.

But what of endarkened beings? Beings at home with the strangely formed, the unresolvable, the overlooked, the fatally flawed, the forever broken?

Custodians of chiaroscuro - those who hold dark and light in equal esteem. Minds that marvel at the magic and mystery of murk. Minds able to meet with tender curiosity that which cannot be spoken.

And, moreover, who are we to refuse the dark of mind and heart?

Short answer

Nothing. Embrace your gloom.

Long answer

I acknowledge and welcome the dark within you and say not, 'Cheer up,' rather, 'Blessed are the cracked.'

Grouch Marx's quip runs, 'Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.'

Perhaps, 'Blessed are the cracked for they shall let in the dark,' is more fitting for our times. I wonder at our growing fear of the dark within ourselves ... Becoming blinded by the light we seek. Exhausting ourselves in futile attempts to become creatures only of the light … enlightened beings.

But what of endarkened beings? Beings at home with the strangely formed, the unresolvable, the overlooked, the fatally flawed, the forever broken?

Custodians of chiaroscuro - those who hold dark and light in equal esteem. Minds that marvel at the magic and mystery of murk. Minds able to meet with tender curiosity that which cannot be spoken.

And, moreover, who are we to refuse the dark of mind and heart?