Do you ever get that feeling that your life’s a pendulum? That you’re swinging between two extremes, and probably out of control more than you’d like to admit?
That middle point can be a welcome familiar spot where you’re balanced and where you feel most centered. Or it can be a rock bottom that you can’t help falling into, time after time. I suppose it depends on whether you see your pendulum as right side up, or upside down. Is the middle the good or the bad? Are the ends escapes, or prisons?
I have both kinds of swings in my life. My mood swing (ahaha) tends to spend most of its time in the Happy zone, with only the occasional dip to the far Depressed end. My writing swing flicks back and forth like a frantic windshield wiper as it tries to clear project after project. My introvert swing… well, it doesn’t really swing. It just sits there, content to be at rock bottom all the time.
Most important to me, no matter which swing I’m on, is which way I’m facing. In elementary school, did you ever get your swing chain to wind up and then unwind while you swung back and forth, preferably as fast as possible? Such a rush, wasn’t it? Not sure at any given moment if you were going to break your legs off at the ankles against the swing set pole… unless you were facing the direction you were swinging. Then you could adjust. Then, you had some control.
So ride your swings, kids. Just try to jiggle those chains so you can see where you’re headed next.
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