My “Life as a Prism” Philosophy

A prism is, by definition, a transparent optical element with flat, polished surfaces that refract light. Two or more of the flat surfaces must have an angle between them.

You’ve likely seen prisms before. Sometimes they look like glass pyramids. Light goes in one side, and throws rainbows on the other side. It is truly beautiful.

I was given my first prism when I was 8 years old. It was a gift from my grandma, who collected them. She told me to look at that prism as if it were my life. When darkness hits a prism, nothing comes out, but when light hits a prism, it refracts into something even more beautiful.

“Take this outlook on life, Justine,” she told me. “Take the light, the good things, and make them even better. The darkness will come, but it doesn’t affect the prism. It can’t stop it from throwing rainbows again, just like the bad things in life will never stop you. Fight through them and know that the light will return.”

At the time, I was young and didn’t quite understand. But as I grew older, I really tried to do this. And I’ve found my life has been pretty great. Not perfect, but my grandma’s words led me to a positive outlook on life, one I have stuck to all these years. The good can be great; the bad cannot last.

This is my philosophy. I’ll go into more detail in future posts, how I put it into action, how it’s specifically helped me, etc. I just wanted to explain it, how I came about it and why.

Best of luck to my readers!

Until next time,


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