November 15, 2020: Letting the Light Shine Through
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” –Desmond Tutu
In November, as the hours of daylight shorten and the cold, darkness of winter approaches, it can be a challenge to stay upbeat and positive. Especially when faced with daily reports of a frightening world pandemic and both troubling economic and political turmoil.
Yet, it is precisely the right time, to seek the warmth of light in our lives. Lighting a scented candle, savoring the crackle of a wood stove, and snuggling under a cozy blanket with a cup of our favorite tea, are physical ways of bringing both in light and warmth. But the light we need refers more to what our world weary hearts need to restore our sense of hope and positivity.
“However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.”– Stanley Kubrick
When we let the light shine through, the darkness is dispelled. We might not be able to fix the world, but we can create our own lights by seeking and being grateful for the gifts life bestows on us. Simple gifts which are freely available if only we set our attention to both discover and recognize them. A breathtaking sunset, the joyful laughter of a child, the wagging tail of an enthusiastic puppy, are all glimmering antidotes to a miasma of despair that seems to prevail todays news and seep into our lives.
During times of darkness, finding the gifts can seem like a daunting and/or fruitless task, yet the simple act of focusing on the positive aspects of life, plants seeds of hope that bloom in a receptive soul. Instead of beholding an empty or half full glass, we can fill our hearts with a celebration of all that is beautiful and meaningful.
“The darkness around us might somewhat light up if we would first practice using the light we have in the place we are.”– Henry S. Haskins
Wild animals prepare and endure winter in a variety of ways from hibernation and storing food to migration. As humans, we can also prepare as the winter months loom ahead of us. Practical needs of survival can be woven with psychological and spiritual ones to keep us emotionally balanced and healthy. Seeking the light in our lives is one way to keep the darkness at bay. The simple act of pausing and reflecting on what brings us contentment and joy can be the rays of light to illuminate the way forward
“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”― Mary Oliver
Where do you find the lights in your life?
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