“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” Carl Jung
March is so fickle. Half winter and half spring, she taunts us with indecision, but at least until lately, she surprised us with a few sunny days. This rainy darkness depresses me; I want to bask in spring sunlight. Instead, like so many moments in life I am left to find a way to “kindle a light” in this darkness.
To be honest, there is light in my life right now, but the darkness I live with is a heavy cloak that wears me down. In addition to the cloudy darkness of a rainy day, I struggle with several loses. A couple and two single friends, all of whom are very dear to me, have moved away. I miss the fun we had and the frequent conversations that went deeper, filled with caring and insights. I grieve the loss of closeness that can only be felt face to face.
How do I “kindle a light in the darkness” of these circumstances? I remind myself I am grateful for the technology that allows me to communicate with them. I am grateful for the friends I have who are still here. I am grateful that the sciatica that caused so much pain is gone and I now know how to prevent it from recurring. I’m grateful for the wonderful botany class I’m taking where I can interact in a deeper way with Nature and share my love of it with others in the class. I’m grateful for all the guidance I’ve received in the marketing class I just completed.
By focusing on gratitude, my energetic vibration rises, and I create a light that reveals the positive elements of my life. When I write, I experience more peace and joy, especially when it uplifts and inspires others. When that happens, the light expands to my readers and to the people they touch. Remembering what is good is the lamp we may always light in the darkness.
How do you light the darkness that appears in your life? © 2011 Georganne Spruce