If there is a struggle of any kind at this time that overwhelms you, ask yourself two things: what does it mean? and where is it leading me? Our minds are inclined to believe that it’s only through light and bliss that we’ll obtain freedom. But, by now we should know this is utter and complete bull****. We find the invaluable in the darkness, we obtain the diamond through clawing our way out of the dung hill. It’s the place that we often put off from approaching but it’s the only way towards realization and balance. Living a one sided life in which the primary focus is positive thinking is a denial and rupture of the human condition. The reality is life is brutal filled with battles for us to engage and conquer. Every one has a battle to overcome but you cannot overcome what you don’t know what you’re fighting. The denial of our wounds only makes them worse. It’s necessary to stare down those dark places in our lives, take a stand, and be willing to enter through the dark corridors of our being. This is how authentic character is built. Deciding to put fear aside and face reality, face our wounds, is the emancipating and heroic act of escaping the prison of stagnation. It’s marks the beginning of character. It’s the only way we come to realize how powerful we are.