The light at the end of the tunnel!
When things are difficult and on-going...
we often use or hear the phrase about the light at the end of the tunnel. The user of the phrase is basically saying that things are difficult, but there remains hope. Hope that the light will be the solution to the individuals’ problem.
And yet if we think about that for a while, we often reflect that the tunnel is usually imagined as long, straight and dark, and imagining treading through that tunnel is like wading through treacle; that is to say, it is not an easy journey.
I believe the phrase, 'the light at the end of the tunnel', is a self-limiting thought, it is self-sabotaging, it gives little if any motivation to keep going on the difficult journey to something better.
At every moment, people around the world are going through difficult times. Those with greater brains than mine tell us to expect even more difficulties due to the pandemic, in the economy, adverse weather, global warming, social unrest to name but a few.
In addition, there are also personal problems which often have an impact on finance, relationships and much more besides.
And there is always an emotional cost to bear when working through problems, often there is anxiety and worry, sleepless nights, along with real and imaginary fears.
Once the emotional price starts to be paid, that is when the phrase the light at the end of the tunnel is heard and used more often.
However, if we self sabotage ourselves by using that phrase, as I suspect we do far to often, how can we expect to progress to better things, and a more enjoyable way of life?
One of the ways you could help yourself is this:
If you imagine the tunnel as long and straight, with a faint glimmer of light at the end, then in your imagination, screw it up, and throw it away!
Because since the time you were born you have never had a long straight journey in your life.
Life is a series of peaks and troughs, lefts and rights, twists and turns and ups and downs. If you remind yourself of this at difficult times on your journey through life, you can realize that you only have to take a few steps forward and then look left or right and that’s where the light may be.
Light doesn’t travel around corners (not on earth anyway- in space with immense gravitational influences it may, but not back here on earth) so you could be very close to a solution to your problem, or there may be someone or something around the next corner that could help you.
If not, you can look forward to taking the next few steps and looking around the next corner, and this way you maintain a feeling of taking part in your own healing or solutions development.
That way, you will no longer have the sense of feeling that you just have to put up with whatever is going on and hope for the best. You can be more, and do more than that. And perhaps that’s a message we should all heed in more in these challenging times.
If something isn’t the way you want it to be, change it to something else,
sometimes it’s scary, sometimes it’s exciting but it’s always worth the journey. So when you hear people use that light at the end of the tunnel phrase, simply remind yourself that your journey doesn’t have to be trodden in the same way.
By continuing to grow on your journey through life, you can make your journey more fulfilling, rewarding, enjoyable and fun, regardless of what other people try to tell us.
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