Darkness is not an end, but a beginning.
In the words of Nena O’Neil, late best-selling author and sixties activist, “Out of every crisis comes the chance to be reborn, to re-conceive ourselves as individuals, to choose the kind of change that will help us grow and to fulfill more completely.”
It is the darkness which affords us this great possibility for growth and ultimately to be “re-born.” It is within the dark, after all, where we are conceived and from where we are birthed. Indeed, darkness is where all life begins.
When death’s darkness descends upon our lives, although the light of our loved one is stripped from us, deep within the dark void left behind are the ingredients for survival and the potential for life.
As badly as you want your loved one to return, they won’t. As deeply as you long to return to a place and time before the darkness set in, you can’t. As much as you ache to hold your loved one again, you will not.
But that doesn’t mean you must now live without hope, no matter how hopeless you may feel.
It doesn’t mean you are without life and without light, despite the pain you are in at this moment. And it doesn’t mean you are powerless.
Instead of hiding from the darkness - face it.
Instead of turning away from the abyss— enter it and don’t stop until you discover sparks within the dark.
In the words of Patrick Overton, “When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.”