“For me, realizing life consists of both pleasure and pain, by design, and it is possible to have happiness despite this, was a revelation. As I put the pieces together, I realized my nagging feelings of dissatisfaction, that little dissenting voice that made me feel like I wasn’t in the right place at the right time, or doing the right thing, was all a set of instructions for how to find inner peace in the presence of my emotional turmoil. All this time, I’d been chasing happiness—and my discontent had been chasing me. This race had gone on for years, and I’d had no idea.
Instead of living life to banish negativity, turn around and look at what’s chasing after you. Whether your negativity, dark side, shadow self, or discontent arrives as irritation, anxiety, negativity, fear, dissatisfaction, disillusionment, disappointment, disconnection, or despair—or more intensely as anger, rage, blaming, aggression, and hatred—it carries a profound wisdom: the wisdom of your discontent.
However it appears, or whatever you name it, embracing your discontent is a direct route to a relaxing and clarifying piece of life’s wisdom. It’s been chasing after you since you first said, “Life isn’t fair!” Perhaps the polite thing to do is invite it for a cup of tea and listen up.”
Ragini Elizabeth Michaels, in “Unflappable”
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