The holiday season is typically a time of celebration, filled with the opportunity to spend time with loved ones and exchange gifts. However, this year has been far from festive for many, as the pandemic has caused financial struggles, relationship issues, and mental health challenges. It reminds me of the video Head & Heart.
In the video, the main character is torn between two versions of himself: one positive and one negative. The negative thoughts and emotions of the character on the left hold him back from experiencing the opportunities and growth presented by the positive character on the right.
I used to be trapped in a daily negative headspace due to my father’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Not knowing about his condition at the time, I struggled to cope with the decisions he made. The negative thoughts and emotions that consumed me were reminiscent of the character on the left in the music video for Head & Heart.
I had a dream similar to the scene in Head & Heart. My negative self encountered my positive self. My positive self displayed confidence and resilience, refusing to let my father’s problems weigh me down. I embraced opportunities with excitement. This contrast in perception and mindset demonstrated to me the power of my thoughts and how they can shape my experiences. Upon waking, I knew it was time for me to make a change.
There Is A Way Out
One lesson I have learned the hard way is that during difficult times, there is always a way out. In my experience, when one door closes, another opens. However, it can be easy to get caught up in our problems and miss these opportunities for growth and resolution. This was certainly true in my own struggles with my father’s lies and the negative thoughts that consumed me as a result. It wasn’t until I shifted my focus from dwelling on the problem to finding a solution that I was able to move forward and regain my confidence.
This lesson is especially relevant as we see so many people struggling during the current pandemic, with many unable to work, worried about bills, and dealing with toxic relationships. It can be overwhelming, but it’s important to remember that there are always options and opportunities available to us, even if they require some creative thinking or difficult decisions. Planting seeds for a better future today can help ensure a happier and less stressful tomorrow.