Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Helen Keller at age 19 months developed an illness that left her deaf and blind. Here’s what she said in her autobiography: “Once I knew the depth where no hope was, and darkness lay on the face of all things. Then love came and set my soul free. Once I knew only darkness and stillness. Now I know hope and joy. . . . I learned to live, to think, to hope. Darkness cannot shut me in again.”
Note: Don’t let darkness shut you out. Don’t let the darkness strip you of hope and joy. Open your heart to love. Never quit. Never stop trying.
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“When you look ahead and darkness is all you see, faith and determination will pull you through.” ~ Drake
We’ve all experienced the dark night of the soul. It’s not pretty. During those moments reach deep inside and grab hold of the seeds of faith that exist within and push on. You’ll discover the strength to walk through the darkness and see dawn break.
When night is almost done,
And sunrise grows so near
That we can touch the spaces,
It ‘s time to smooth the hair
And get the dimples ready,
And wonder we could care
For that old faded midnight
That frightened but an hour.
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up (Anne Lamont).”
Hope has its genesis in the struggles. Hope has its genesis in the pain. Hope is the candlelight in the darkest of nights. It speaks to us to go on. It whispers to us, don’t quit, it will be alright. If we trust hope, hope’s flame will grow brighter and wipe away the darkness.
Small as a peanut,
Big as a giant,
We’re all the same size
When we turn off the light
Rich as a sultan,
Poor as a mite,
We’re all worth the same
When we turn off the light.
Red, black or orange,
Yellow or white,
We all look the same
When we turn off the light.
So maybe the way
To make everything right
Is for God to just reach out
And turn off the light!
Love is Enough
Love is enough: though the world be a-waning,
And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,
Though the skies be too dark for dim eyes to discover
The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,
Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder,
And this day draw a veil over all deeds passed over,
Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter:
The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter
These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.
We all face tough times. They happen. Even on tough days, the sun is going to shine on us. We can look toward the light or we can look toward the darkness. I’ve found that the tough time have a set duration, I can’t wish them away. They’re going to hang around until, like a thunderstorm, their energy dissipates. I do know if I’m look toward the light during the tough times, I endure them a lot better than if I concentrate on the darkness.
Everyone loves a good yarn. When we listen to a good storyteller the storyteller transports us into the story. We feel as if we are a part of it. In reality, each of us is a storyteller. We go to work on Monday and tell stories of our weekend. We tell stories of our family. We tell stories of our dreams. Throughout our day we are telling stories. We can tell stories of the darkness in our lives and we can tell stories of the sunshine in our lives. The more we tell and retell the good stories, the ones that light us up, the more we will be inspired to create similar stories.