I know a sadness, a grief, an emptiness. Many days I sit so empty and wonder "why." All the beauty and depth of life is drowned in anguish. And it is in that pit that I remember: the deeper I allow myself fall, the longer the climb back to the surface of sanity. The only thing that keeps me going is the pendulum effect of emotions. The further one swings in one direction, the higher you will counter-swing in the other. The periodic motion of emotion is constant, but certain situations can be shortened or lengthened by adjusting the amount of thread you allow yourself. If you are scared, you allow little lead, so the magnitude of the beat is shortened. If you are gung-ho and allow a great amount of slack, the displacement and beat will be far more reaching.
The gravity of any situation pulls you back from the extreme plateau upon which you dwell and completes the period. A beat becomes two. A pivot soon redirects your inertia and has you finding a new perimeter, but there is a restoring force that slows your swing into the opposite realm. If leaving a beat of pain behind, the slower the entrance into love’s beat once equilibrium is reached. The deeper the love becomes the more intense a pain if lost. The sadder a moment, the more joyful a satisfaction can become on the rebound. And so on…
To understand any emotion fully, one must also experience the opposite.
Remember: The darker the night, the brighter the fire.
© July 31, 2013 ~ DBC, Duke of the Arctic
NOTE: Through the physics of perpetual motion, one must experience both the positive and negative swing of the pendulum to maintain a proper balance. So, do not fear great pain, because great love is an equal beat away.