I'm really not a fan of cliches. The problem with that is that most cliches contain more than a grain of truth. That's why they're said so often. We receive them badly mostly because at the times we hear them what we need most is a shoulder to cry on instead of a trite saying. Whoops! That's another rabbit hole we'll have to explore sometime. For now, let's focus.
You know how people tell you that it's always darkest before the dawn? I'm not quite sure whether that's a scientific fact but it doesn't really matter. Have you noticed how things turn around just after you've been tempted to throw in the towel? It's a bit of a chicken and egg situation actually. Do things turn around BECAUSE you didn't throw in the towel? Or is the darkness really darker just before the dawn?
I'm inclined to think it's a bit of both. I believe the Universe tests our resolve. I believe that if we want something really badly, the Universe asks us if we're prepared to suffer for it. As Bob Marley said, ''you've got to find the ones worth suffering for" or something to that effect.
Those darkest moments aren't just there to test us, they're there to give us an opportunity to reassess. And that's a huge blessing. We're so conditioned to see quitting as failure. That's not always the case.
What was right for you yesterday might not be right for you today. What was a great idea last year might have reached its expiration date. Or just maybe what you have been so focused on achieving needs a little bit of tweaking to make it right. It's not quitting... it's shedding a skin. It's growth.
So if you find yourself in a really dark place, light a candle and look inside yourself. You'll find your spark and in that spark you'll find clarity. Reassess, regroup, replan and move forward. Day always follows night and sometimes you just need to use the dark times as best you can so you can truly appreciate what comes later.