THE BLACK DOT — a matter of perspective

The Black Dot

The Black Dot

LIFE IS A MIXTURE of good and bad. Although I often write about the bad — traumas and abuses — to raise awareness and help shatter mental illness stigmas, I prefer to focus on the positives in my personal life. I have so much to be thankful for!

The following email forward (author unknown), is a beautiful illustration of how important it is keep a positive focus, despite all the traumas and tragedies of life.

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One day a professor called his class to order and told his students to prepare for a surprise test. They waited anxiously at their desks as the professor handed out the question paper, with the text facing down as usual. After he had handed them all out, he asked his students to turn the paper over and begin. To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions…. just a black dot in the center of the page.

The professor then told his students, “I want you to write a short essay describing what you see on the page.”

When everyone had finished writing, the professor collected the papers, then read each one aloud in front of the class. All of the students, without exception, had described the black dot, trying to explain its position in the middle of the sheet of paper.

After the essays had been read, the professor said: “I am not going to grade you on this test, I just wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot. We tend to do the same thing in our lives. We have a beautiful light-filled canvas to observe and enjoy and fill with good things, but we almost always focus on the dark spots. Our life is a miraculous gift that has been freely given to us. We have countless reasons to celebrate life – nature renewing itself every day, our family, our friends, the job that provides our livelihood. The miracles of life are all around us!

However, we insist on focusing only on the dark spots – the health issues that bother us, not having enough money, the complicated relationship with a family member, the disappointment with a friend, etc.

The dark spots are very small compared to all the good things we have in our lives, but we allow these negative areas to overshadow everything and pollute our minds.

Take your focus away from the problem spots in your life. Enjoy each one of your blessings. Celebrate every moment that life gives you. Be happy and live a life filled with gratitude and love!”

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About Linda Lee

Linda Lee is my pen name. I am a former nurse, a Mensa member, and a writer, diagnosed with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by severe trauma and narcissistic abuse. Formerly an agnostic, I am now a Christian. My husband, a USMC combat veteran and a chaplain, has also been diagnosed with PTSD. We've come a long way on our healing journey; we have a ways to go. ***We put the FUN in dysfunction***
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