This is an idea that is much easily understood when it is “self-experienced” rather than being explained to or told about. But I am a very stubborn person, so I am going to try the impossible.
It’s actually a very universal idea, in regards that it can be applied to almost anything and would fit right in. Let’s start with the seasons and the changing of the planetary weather on earth. The hottest time of the year is around summer solstice (which is June 13th this yr), it’s “official definition” is that it occurs exactly when the axial tilt of a planet’s semi-axis in a given hemisphere is most inclined towards the star that it orbits, basically when earth looks at the sun and says “what’s up”. Summer solstice is also the exact same time that the earth starts to “get cold”, this occurrence is not manifested in temps above ground, but the earth itself is actually getting colder by the day as it continues to turn. Basically the idea is that the start of any conversation is the when the conversation begins to end. I hope you don’t think I am a dumbo for stating the obvious.
How can this be applied to other things? Well let’s talk about my training at shaolin, using the logic establish above, the most painful and hardest moments of training is actually the beginning of my success and the good times. So if we can add this layer of understanding to our thinking, we can definitely introduce a new color to our spectrum of life. However, it can also offer a harsh dose of reality, using this logic, when you are reaching the apex of your success in life, it is also when you begin the downfall of your failures. It is true, we see this in athletes that play more years than they should, and than their body allow them to. AKA Shaq.
Overall, this little fact of nature here shows us that there exists cycles in life that we are unable to change. But by understanding these cycles we can view our current lives with a more accurate perspective, and take out some of the “stubbornness”, “over-confidence”, and “ostensible bliss” that can sometimes cloud our judgement.
PS: The above is written by a Chinese dude training at a temple in china, so it’s completely normal if you don’t understand, if you are an Aussie, sorry just know that I didn’t write this for y’all.