At exactly 2:00 AM this morning we said goodbye to daylight savings time. For many, especially for those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the onset of darker days is indeed discouraging, if not depressing. As much as we humans seem to thrive in the daylight, it's important to keep in mind the relativity of how our feelings and moods are affected by our perceptions. Let me explain.
Some years back I took an astronomy course at the Museum of Natural History in New York. Our class happened to meet on the day after daylight savings ended. Our professor entered the classroom absolutely jubilant, he seemingly couldn't control his happiness as he blurted out, "Finally, finally, it's the end of daylight savings time!" It didn't register to me at first, but then I realized it. This guy was an astronomer; the end of daylight savings time gave him an extra hour of darkness to view the stars.
Every year around this time I recall that class and I recognize that in life, everything is, in fact, truly relative. You may think something is bad, or ugly, right or wrong, but I assure you there's someone, somewhere who rejoices in exactly what you complain about.
Starting today, whether it's rethinking your attitude about the loss of daylight and warmer days, the challenges in your relationships or with family, the lack of finances, or your unhappiness at work, remember that nothing in life is absolute—especially your perceptions! Nothing says you have to be trapped by your challenges and nothing says you can't see the opportunities in every challenge, every obstacle, and every setback. So, tonight, when you look outside and realize how dark it is at 5:00 PM, instead of reflexively becoming sullen, take a look up at the stars and realize the opportunity never to let life victimized you.