February 6

It is better to light one candle
than to curse the darkness.

Christopher Society Motto


Today's Meditation:

Darkness always shall be with us.  There really is nothing we can do about it, and whining and complaining about how bad things are or how unfair they are simply changes nothing.  In our literal, day-to-day lives, we constantly compensate for the darkness simply by flipping a switch that causes lights to come on.  In our spiritual and emotional lives, however, it isn't all that simple.

When emotional darkness enters our lives, it's very easy not to know how to cope with it.  There is no switch, there is no candle or match with which to light the candle.  But darkness is an inevitable part of our experience on this world, and it's important that we realize that so that when it comes, we can cope with it.  When it comes, we should be able to light a candle that will help us to see clearly--and that may help others to see clearly, also.

It's easy to complain about how bad things are.  I know plenty of people whose conversations are always focused on how difficult they have things, and how hard life is on them.  But I know plenty of other people whose basic response to any hint of darkness is simply:  "What can we do about that?"

Cursing the darkness accomplishes nothing.  Lighting a candle may not be an entire solution, but it certainly is a positive start.  And lighting a candle can bring about many other feelings, such as hope, that can help us even more in dealing with any darkness that enters our lives.  Keep a candle nearby, in your heart, and light it when you need it.  Take the power away from the darkness with a little bit of light.

Questions to consider:

What does it take to be able to light a candle when dark times come? 

What kinds of candles do you have in reserve that you can use when a time comes when you need to do so?  What gives you hope?

Where and how do people seem to learn that cursing the darkness is an appropriate (and even useful) reaction to dark times?

For further thought:

The first question to be answered by any individual or any social group,
facing a hazardous situation, is whether the crisis is to be met as
a challenge to strength or as an occasion for despair.

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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