The world we live in has much that is good and much that is bad. Each day we can seek out the positive or the negative. If we choose to dwell on the negative, then that is what we will experience. But if we dwell on the positive, then that is more likely what we will experience. – Mark Allen Zabawa
The above quote is from the Hazelden daily reflection for today. Although I find truth in the glass is half full vs the glass is half empty mindset, a refinement or elaboration of that point for me is whether I am living into the problem or living into the solution. In recovery, I find that the negative does not go away unless it is addressed – it cannot be ignored. This seems true with the Jungian concept of the shadow or dark side of our individual existence. Which all brings to mind one of my favorite poems by the Sufi mystic Rumi:
THE GUEST HOUSE
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.