“One of the greatest skills we can learn in life is how to deal effectively with disappointments, because after all, life is full of them. Learning the skill not only helps us turn things around, but it can also help us have total peace of mind (and even joy) in the meantime. As we learn to respond to disappointments in ways that are in harmony with the laws of success, we discover that there is always something wonderful to be gained from them.” ~ Leslie Householder
Look at this picture for a moment:
What do you see?
Is it an old woman?
Is it a young woman?
Can you see both?
The Law of Polarity is all about opposites. Day/night, black/white, up/down, smile/frown. One effective way to learn about something is through the use of opposites–we can understand more of what something is by understanding what it is NOT. We understand happiness because we understand sadness. We understand what is right because we understand what is wrong…
[It] assures us that even when things look bad–even very, very bad–there is the potential for good. It doesn’t necessarily take away the natural sorrow we feel when bad things happen… But the pain is mitigated by the faith in something good coming from the bad situation.
There is room for both sadness and happiness in life. In fact, both are necessary. How could we understand happiness without experiencing the opposite? People who strive to live without experiencing sadness or other negative feelings also limit their capacity for experiencing joy.
Parenting is the perfect example of the Law of Polarity. Within this experience we find the greatest capacity for love, joy, and happiness, and also the greatest sorrow, frustration, and disappointment. The love a parent has for a child is transcendent, and the grief a parent experiences as a child struggles can be overwhelming. But such great happiness does not come WITHOUT soul-wrenching experiences. The greater the heartache, the greater the joy that can come.
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