Finding a Light in the Darkness

Using the bad things that happen to us in life to create positive reactions.

“Shelter” 2019, Jennifer Esneault (Overlaid with quote) – Model: Mackenzie Graham

I have been pondering this post for some time, but today I had an epiphany – at the Epiphany Mass, no less! See, today the Gospel recounted the visitation of the Christ child by the Magi, astrologers from an Eastern land. There is great debate on what the “star” they saw actually was, whether it even actually happened, or if it was something supernatural – beyond our understanding as humans. Whatever it was or wasn’t is irrelevant. Here is my takeaway.

When the world seems dark, scary, and full of evil, we can be a light. Through our actions, kindness, and thoughtful words, we can provide a beacon to others. People who may be suffering, who may be weary, lonely, or beyond sadness. We can lead them to safe places and hopeful places, where they can exist without fear or worry. Where they can experience real love and real joy.

You don’t need religion to do this; I don’t want anyone to think I’m being preachy or dogmatic. The Church is imperfect because it’s run by humans. All you need is a good heart, an open mind, and a willingness to serve others. (I know plenty of atheists and agnostics who fit these criteria really well. I’m proud to call those people my friends.)

So today, as Australia burns, as threats of war and retaliation are made by “leaders,” and as thousands of refugees seek a place to be safe, use your light to give hope. Use your voice to speak out. Use your wallet to support. Open your heart; open your doors; open your mind.

We are all in this together, and I’m doing my part as an artist to shine a light in dark places, to let people know they aren’t alone and that hope is real.

Much of the artwork I create comes from the “crazy” thoughts that bounce around in my head. I use the term “crazy” extremely loosely, not only because I think it’s an overused and misused word, but because I have a suspicion that many of these thoughts go through a lot of other folks’ minds. That would make them “normal.”

If you’ve got wild or dark thoughts in your mind, you’re not crazy. We live in a crazy world. If your internal light is dimming, stoke the flame. Give it air by opening yourself up. USE IT FOR GOOD.

You will feel better, and so will the others with dim lights that see yours shining.

Light up the darkness. – Bob Marley

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