A game of peaks and troughs

I have spent a long time, over the years, watching lives drawn on screens by a moving point of light. Watching those monitor, I couldn’t help comparing them to the video games my sons used to play where their on-screen characters had a life-counter. Nor could I help thinking how closely the human heartbeat resembles the life that it counts.

Most of the time its measured beat runs like clockwork, a predictable organic machine that its inorganic counterpart displays upon the screen as a series of peaks and troughs. There is a regularity about them, each beat made up of multiple events that must reach both apex and nadir before repeating the cycle.

The similarities with daily life are easy to discern… most of us are, in some way, regulated by the clock. It calls us to work, to meals, to the commute or the school run… each day has a pattern dictated by necessity and habit. Each day has its highs and lows… many of them also predictable and part of the pattern into which we have grown or fallen.

The wider events of our lives also seem to run in a series of peaks and troughs, with the good times preceded and followed by ones we see as not-so-good, at least while we are living through them. There is a vague trepidation about ‘what next’ when the rhythm falters and  no predictable timescale to these swings from high to low and back, but we can be pretty sure they will happen. It is only in hindsight that we may realise that the troughs are as valuable as the peaks.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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8 Responses to A game of peaks and troughs

  1. I always worry about saying “there’s nowhere to go but up,” because that has not always been the case. I never know I’ve HIT the bottom until i realize … I’m not there anymore. It’s the move upward that tells me the cycle has gone around again. But the cycle — so far — has always come around.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      It always does…good or bad… even though the ‘ups’ sometimes don’t seem to match the ‘downs’. I think a lot depeneds on the value we give to events as we balance the scales…one really lousy down can make us forget the sun still rises in beauty, flowers bloom and birds sing…. we’re just too busy dealing with the down to notice.


  2. jenanita01 says:

    I quite like the idea that our lives are really spiral and not circular, a timely reminder when depression leads you down another path. A path, where, with age, you wonder if there will be another peak… (I have rep[eated this here, for God knows what WP are doing on your other site!)


  3. Sue Vincent says:

    All too familiar …


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