I have been thinking a lot recently about the duality that exists in life. There have been several recent events in my personal life and the lives of my friends that have made me reflect on the constant fluctuation that seems to forever exist in our world. I've always had a difficult time with these highs and lows and finding balance when you're constantly being pushed and pulled. In time of happiness and fortune, I have been proud and energized, yet in times of hardship I find myself depressed and lost. This negative state is of little help to me, my work, or my family and friends around me. It was just recently that I began to focus on the fact that the highs cannot exist without the lows and vice versa. Navigating, accepting, and learning from these low periods are just as important as advancing forward in the high periods. Having acceptance that life is a series of both of these levels is what in the end will give you true balance. And a balanced life is what fuels happiness, fulfillment, and creativity and ultimately leads to a sense of peace.