Every time I witness a strong person, I want to know: What dark did you conquer in your story? Mountains do not rise without earthquakes.
-Katherine MacKennett, shared by Erin in New Zealand
Love and kindness take deliberate action. In this world, the optimist and dreamer must be of sturdy stock, unflinching in the light of a dark world, unwavering in its belief in the better part of humanity.
-Daniel Everhart, shared by Julie in Ashland, NE
Mornings have been a little darker lately.
The sun has been sleeping in a bit, gradually delaying her “rise and shine” routine. I usually start each day with a stroll around the neighborhood, and I’ve noticed that my fellow morning walkers and I employ different strategies for safely finding our way. Some of us just head out into the dark, trusting that our eyes will eventually adjust and the various sources of light will guide us. Others create their own light, bringing a flashlight or phone to illuminate their path.
The world seems darker lately, too.
I’ve recently connected with several weary souls who are struggling mightily. A few days ago, my encounters with darkness inspired me to record a brief video to share a few strategies for tackling darkness. I invite you to take a peek if you’d like, with a heads up that I briefly mention some heavier issues including self harm and losing a loved one. Here’s the link.
Whatever is going on in your little corner of the world right now, I hope you’re doing okay. If needed and if possible, I invite you to take some steps toward the light, whether that means texting a friend, saying hello to neighbors passing by, or making an appointment to seek bigger help. You can also take a moment to ask yourself what actions might help you BE the light: for yourself, for others around you, or for anyone who is feeling alone and afraid of the dark. #TogetherWeGotThis 💙
P.S. Here’s a link to Ripples #860: Keepers of Hope that I reference in the video.