Embrace the darkness


If you follow my ramblings, this is not the first time I talk about the dark side. In fact, if you have not noticed already, I am addicted to the dark side. Simply because I am of the opinion that the dark side is misunderstood, and no one talks about it enough.

There are too many pictures of rainbows and talk of positive psychology and think about the bright side of things. Of course, why would we not?

What I contend with, is the need to brush away the dark and only focus on the bright side.

Yet such irony. It is a juxtaposition – without the dark, how do you see light?

Without the dark, how did photos get developed?

Without the dark, how will you follow the comet’s trajectory?

Without the dark, how will you see the sparks of fireflies?

Without the dark, how will you gaze up at the stars?

In my darkness, I found so much creativity. Without it, this blog would not have existed in the first place.

Scientists are also showing that happiness actually hinders creativity. There is a backlash to being all happy-clappy.

I sometimes wish I could go back to that darkness, be enveloped by it, to savour it one more time.

In my darkness, I found comfort, rest for the eyes from the ostentatious glare of light.

Embrace the darkness, the light, and everything in between.

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2 Responses

  1. John H says:

    “There is always a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”.

about Noch Noch

Enoch Li, (pen name: Noch Noch) was born and raised in Hong Kong and Australia. She has also studied / worked / lived in the US, France, UK, Japan, The Netherlands, China, and has travelled to more than 40 countries. She loves travelling and her curiosity in foreign cultures and languages has led her to enjoy her life as an international executive in the banking & finance industry. However, she was forced to take time off work in 2010 due to her illnesses and after spending time in recovery, cooking, practising Chinese calligraphy, reading and writing – in short, learning to take care of herself and letting out the residual work stress, she has transitioned into a Social Entrepreneur and founded BEARAPY to help corporates make workplaces mentally healthy, and support executives to become more resilient.