Recently I stumbled upon a quote that stayed with me. I realized it’s possibly one of the most profound quotes I have ever heard. So I want to share a viewpoint with you which extends from the meaning of this quote, something which is not written but knowing it is half the battle won.
“Sometimes, when you are in a dark place, you think you’ve been buried, but actually you’ve been planted.’
The intensity of this line extends to more than what’s communicated; it’s something most of us forget while progressing through the hurricanes of life.
We question where we are and believe we will be stuck in this position forever, which is never true.
Hey there Iris,
I will like to give you a brief task.
Picture you are stuck in a dark room with no space for light or any possible source of brightness.
Now imagine two scenarios; in the first case, you stay still in that room and wait for someone to open the door for you; you think it’s safe to stand still, fearing you might step on something that might hurt you or fall due to movement in the room. It feels more comforting to wait than to make any move.
On the other hand, in the second scenario, you are in the same dark room. You stand still and analyze the situation; you make a move because the chances that someone might come and open the door is always 50/50. As expected, you take the opportunity and get hurt by a nail while touching the walls to find a way. But then, you realize that the pin is on a wooden piece that closes the only window in the room. So now you know that you don’t have to wait for someone to come, and there is a way out.
This situation is symbolic of the fact that there can be times we are stuck in cases where a solution seems impossible. We get scared to make any move, thinking we will be in a worst position than before, but the catch is in that moment when we decide to do something about it and take the risk anyway.
Likewise, we can never know that what appears to be a dark place with no escape in the depths of the land is where we are planted to bloom until we make efforts and become willing to grow. In this process, the environment we are in plays a significant role.
A seed will never sprout unless given sufficient light, water, and manure to thrive. So, it is advised to be aware of everything you subject yourself to while you seek a way out of that dark room. Is it the negative thoughts telling you that you cant go out? Or is a flying bug distracting your focus every now and then?
We hear great stories of people who fought battles to achieve heights some might hear them as fascinating tales but I firmly believe that these stories are for a reason, for us to learn from their experience and put together a meaning that resonates with us. So is the story of Sir Benjamin Franklin.
We all know him as the person who was an American polymath active as a writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher, and political philosopher. But, we probably don’t know that when he was just ten years old, his family could no longer afford to send him to school, and things were so worse that they even had to live in a van to survive; he was in a dark place. He had the option to get into any unconstructive or wrong path to make a living, but he understood that this breaking point was his gateway to something bigger, and he took action. He didn’t wait for someone to hold his hand; instead, he moved forward by himself.
Financial concerns didn’t stop him from pursuing his education because he read a lot and self-taught himself. He educated himself because of his hunger for education. Now the world knows him as the man who invented the lightning rod and bifocals and became the United States’ founding father.
His case was no exception, thousands are facing similar situations every day but what makes him unique is that he never found himself helpless in that state and accepted it as his reality because if he did, then he would have never grown and evolved. Then, American history would be very different from what it is today, and the world wouldn’t have been blessed with his glorious inventions.
I don’t say that picking yourself up from that place is easy. It takes guts, determination, and a vision of where you want to see yourself and what you want. Still, when you finally pick yourself up and do something about it, then with time, it heals to give you something much more than you ever expected.
So always remember that when you are in a dark place in your life,
Take action, and leave the rest to the magic of time.