In the Dark

“Light trumps darkness, every time. You stick a candle into the dark, but you can’t stick the dark into the light.” – Jodi Picoult

Where I am, the sun sets at roughly four-thirty p.m. each day. Where there was once a beautiful sunset walking home from evening classes, there is now darkness. This has been the first week of this slightly unsettling phenomenon, and instantly fears of a bitter winter and seasonal depression hit me.

Humans are naturally afraid of the dark – the sense that we rely on perhaps the most, our sight, is practically useless. We can’t see exactly what is in front of or around us, so our mind conjures up our greatest fears and somehow they take over; that is what we see. In darkness, it is easy to lose control and to lose hope. It is easy to forget that you have four other senses. You can hear things. You can touch, taste, and smell. All hope is not lost. All hope is not lost.

As the sun sets, as the lights go out, as you face unimaginable challenges in life, I ask one thing of you. Be the light. That darkness and those fears surrounding you cannot change who you are; they cannot change the very essence of your being. The good within you and the fight within you are greater than any darkness. The love within you and the compassion and the empathy – they are greater than the hate. You are your own light. You are stronger than the dark. And when we come together and see the light in each other, we have the power to drive out the darkness hand in hand.

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