Thursday, June 16, 2016

Be Light - One writer's thoughts

Bad news is everywhere. Dark stories are on every TV and newspaper, blanketing social media. Tales of heartbreaking hatred and violence. Stories of loss, terror, and grief. It feels as if the shadows are spreading, plunging our world into darkness. It's terrifying and depressing, and each day the darkness seems to get deeper.

Do you know what stands out in the darkness? Light. A human being can detect the light from a single candle flame from thirty miles away. The darker it gets, the more visible any source of light becomes. If we want to change the world, we need to become the only thing that can defy darkness. We need to be light. 

By Leoadec (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0
(  via Wikimedia Commons

It sounds simple, doesn't it? Choosing light over darkness shouldn't be difficult, but it can be. Every time we give in to anger or fear our light fades a little. Every time we stand by and allow someone else to speak or act with hatred or violence, the light fades a little more. When we hide from the darkness by retreating into our homes, locking the doors and closing ourselves off from each other, our light cannot be seen or shared. 

Be seen. Stand up. Speak out against injustice. Laugh, sing, dance, and embrace the joy in life whenever you can. Your light will burn brighter, and that will attract other lights. One candle becomes two, and the light starts to spread. 

Light versus dark. Love versus hated. Acceptance versus fear. Our world is shrouded in shadow these days. All we can do is to strive to be one of the lights in the darkness.