Darkness absorbed the passage way, making it seem endless. They had forgotten to leave the light on for me. Terror gripped my small body, and I shakily made a run for it around the corner to my parents bedroom, tearful and fearful.
That was me as a child.
Now I seem more inclined to pretend I am lead singer for Simon and Garfunkel as I belt out loudly, “Hello darkness my old friend”.
‘Dark Love’ for me is a combination of self esteem issues and bad experiences.
I do know, however, that I now find comfort in the darkness.
The dark makes me feel beautiful – in the harsh light of day I see every flaw…and I feel like everyone else does too. I sometimes forget that we all have flaws, and that nobody is perfect.
Darkness reminds me that (in the words of my daughters ultimate favourite, which has been read, and watched, excessively in our house)
Darkness actually gives me a sense of hope, because a small flickering light can banish that darkness.
(And I still feel beautiful in that small flickering light 😉 )
Darkness always ignites in people an assumption of evil – mythical (or not so mythical, depending on what you believe) creatures; spirits and spells; the unknown.
We tend to associate darkness with all things negative.
Advancing technology has robbed us of the dark, in a way. It’s turned everywhere into a ‘city that never sleeps’. Computer lights, cellphone lights, battery powered, solar powered – you can no longer properly appreciate the night sky unless you’re in the middle of the river, in the middle of nowhere, on a boat. (I was there, in a boat, a few weeks back – and I was reminded of how to appreciate the exquisiteness of the stars.)
As a young teen, when our streets were still safe, we’d walk an hour to an out-of-town golf course, and just lie there, mesmerized by the beauty beheld in the night sky.
We need to see the darkness in a different light 😉
It is a time to think and dream – a birthing place for faith and determination.
It is a place of love and imagination.
And when it closes in and brings feelings of negativity….
Remember that it takes only a small light – focus on one good thing.
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And keep dreaming!