It seems inspirational quotes and writing in the inspirational genre often appear to be the most fertile ground when it comes to the use of cliches and such.
Obviously, that opening sentence is a massive over-generalization and yes, it may be a somewhat unfair suggestion.
But, cliches and or quotes from those who are famous or the near-famous certainly have found a place within the whole inspirational genre, whether it be in text or some visual representation.
Now, this post isn’t to disparage any of these quotes or cliches or how and why they’re used.
I get all of that, and I understand why people can find solace and comfort reading them. In addition, I find that many of them do exactly that, provide some comfort and encouragement when I happen to come across them.
Here are a few quotes or cliches to help illustrate where we’re going.
Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that.
Night is always darker before the dawn and life is the same, the hard times will pass, everything will get better and the sun will shine brighter than ever.
— Ernest Hemingway
Sunshine always follows the rain
Tomorrow is a new day
Each one of these has been used or may even be used by someone today to help people dealing with a period of “darkness”(going through a challenging or difficult period in their life) and that the “darkness” will somehow end and what follows will be a “glorious dawn of a new day” filled with eye-blinding sunshine.
When I read these and other quotes or similar cliches, there seems never any middle ground. You head from one end of some ethereal spectrum of “darkness” and magically overnight awaken at the opposite end of the spectrum having arrived at an “a new and glorious dawn filled with sunshine.”
And often when presented in a visual form, they appear something like this. And again, leave us with the impression of a day dawning with the sun brilliantly coming up over the horizon and a day filled with sunshine.
But, in reality, does it really happen like that?
Do people actually come out of some difficulty or challenging period in their lives and fall into this new dawn of brilliant sunshine where all is good?
I suppose it does happen and for all I know, maybe it happens all the time.
So, here is the crux of it.
Do these types of cliches and quotes, set people up with unrealistic expectations of what happens after the difficulties or challenges they face go away?
What if the day dawns, as it always does, but it is overcast and foggy?
Is this still not a brand-new day?
Did the sun come up or not?
The answer to both questions is, obviously yes.
Even a dull, foggy and dreary morning, is exceedingly brighter than a night that wasn’t even all that dark out!
In other words, even if you went through a difficult and challenging time and start to see a change happening for the better and even if the change was a tad foggy or dull, is that not better than the dark period?
Assuming that it is, certainly, that has to be a “win” for us?
A change for the better regardless of how it arrives and/or how big the change, is still a change for the better.
I suspect that we all want to go from the dark(difficulties are happening) end of the spectrum to the brilliant(all is better) end, without having to travel through the middle part.
I believe that most of us eventually work through those difficult times, depending on what they are and at some juncture, a new day will dawn for us. That those troubling or difficult circumstances would be entirely gone or at least vanished for the most part. And that this new day will give us plenty of sunshine on some level.
Remember, though, we may have had a few foggy and dreary days along the way before we get there.
Nevertheless, a foggy and dreary day is still a new day and it will always be brighter than the darkest night.
And that in my mind is a “HUGE WIN.”
I would be interested to hear what you think about the subject.
Do some of these inspirational cliches and quotes create unrealistic expectations and outcomes?
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