Darkness comes before the light.
You’ve heard that before, right? BUT have you ever stopped to really think about what it means? To think about how that simple, yet powerful phrase, applies to so many aspects of your life? Of any of our lives?
Life isn’t easy. Let’s just say that and get that out of the way because anyone who has been on this planet for more than 5 years (and hasn’t been living in a bubble) can attest to that.
“Darkness” can refer to SO many things – pain, depression, tragedy, relationship problems, health problems, addiction, career issues…the list could literally, go on and on.
If there wasn’t darkness, would you be able to appreciate the light? To appreciate the good things that come your way as the black veil dissipates and the light shines through?
To be honest, for me, I’m not so sure I would be able to. It seems, when you’ve had pain or struggle or any kind of “darkness”, the good stuff that eventually comes your way is SO much sweeter because of it. (It’s kind of like when you put a pinch of salt in cookie batter – it brings out the sweetness exponentially.)
Is that human nature? Or me just not being able to appreciate something without a kick in the pants? My guess is – it’s probably a little of both.
Here are some things that I believe and have learned about darkness:
- The hard times are…well…HARD but they WILL be followed by good times. I truly believe that no matter what you are struggling with, there will come a time when it is only a distant memory.
- It makes you STRONGER. You will be amazed at how capable you truly are.
- There is a REASON for it. It may not be evident at first (or for a long time) but I truly believe there is a reason for everything – whether it’s to teach you something, teach someone else something, or pave the way for others.
We will all have to suffer through darkness in our lives – in varying degrees- for short or extended periods of time. There’s no doubt – it’s part of being alive.
Here is something else I believe: There WILL be LIGHT in the end.
Stay strong. Keep fighting. What you want…what you need…is on the other side of the black night.