For whatever reason, I think it's fair to say we all have times in our lives when we feel flat, uninspired and unmotivated. Whether it's caused by illness, the death of a loved one or a personal issue we are working through, these times can be crippling to say the least.
Of course I can only speak for myself, but at these times my world can feel dark, sad and even hopeless. It's as if the lights are out and I can't find my way. A feeling of being stuck is often what I experience at times like this; a bit like walking through mud. It's slow, it's difficult and I can feel like I'm stagnating.
Remembering, and remaining aware of how I feel when I go through these patches is what helps me to appreciate, and feel the opposite end of the spectrum more deeply when I'm out the other side.
"The darkest hour
is just before dawn."
This quote describes it perfectly. Through experience I am now able to trust the process, knowing that when I feel at my worst, a change is about to take place. A breakthrough is on its way and it often comes in the most unexpected way.
When inspiration returns the feelings of joy are so sweet. Like the sun rising or setting, a beautiful rainbow after a summer shower or sheer delight on a child's face, to feel that surge of warmth and happiness is like nothing else.
At these times I often feel inspired to write, to make new plans or to move my body more.
Knowing this too is a swinging of the pendulum of life, that the ebb and flow that naturally occurs in our bodies, minds and souls is what is meant to be that way. We are not supposed to be happy all the time; it is normal and natural to have a full range of feelings, and if we can do just that, life is so much richer.
Next time you experience the return of inspiration after a period of slowing down, quietly reflect and bathe in the beauty of the joy it brings.