I love learning. I find it exhilarating. Most of my learning over the past few years has been self-improvement oriented, and that has been the most exciting, most empowering learning of all.
I have noticed a pattern, however. I find myself enjoying everything I’ve learned, applying new principles in my life, and feeling really good for a few days. And then I find myself in a slump. I start to feel sluggish, irritated, and short-tempered. I used to be really bothered by those days. I fought them. I tried to deny that they were happening. I was even critical of myself because of them: I was feeling so good, why didn’t it last? What is wrong with me for why I keep slipping back into a struggle?
I realized the other day that it’s the Law of Rhythm. Just like the ebb and flow of the ocean, our lives have rhythm. We see patterns. For everything there is a season, but not always the same season. It is not always summer. Eventually, summer gives way to fall, then winter. But spring comes, and then summer again. We can count on it. Life is the same. We have good days, we have bad days. But like the seasons, the bad days don’t last forever. By law.
I noticed something else about the rhythm of my life. As I have learned about the laws of thought and tried to live by them, my down days look a lot different than they did before. I am gentler with myself. I am kinder to my family. I speak in a softer tone. I am more patient and loving. I have more control over my emotions and reactions. I am recognizing my own progress. The visual image I have for my life is no longer a wavy horizontal line that shows ups and downs extending over time. Now I see a wavy line that is steadily climbing upward. I still experience downs, but they are higher than my downs used to be.
I’ve decided that I will no longer have “bad days.” Instead, I experience “rhythm days.” They may look the same to other people, but there is definitely a difference. I am the difference. Now I know that the challenging days are just that-a brief period of time that has an end and will give way to something better. And the challenges I face today will help to shape my better tomorrow. For every down, there is an up. I can count on it. By law.