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Inspiration – Light beyond Dark

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“The dark does not destroy the light;

it defines it.

Its our fear of the dark that casts our

joy into the shadows.”

~ Brene Brown

Take a moment to reflect on how this appears in your life right now.

Instead of wishing the dark away, how can we embrace it and uncover our joy?

In this time of crisis, accepting the difficulties, the fear and the rollercoaster of emotions that show up is so important. Only in facing our fear can we allow the light to shine forth.

I have found the light when I shift my focus from anxiety to gratitude.

I am grateful to have the hot water to shower in the morning and wash my hands throughout the day. I am grateful that I can get food at the store. I am grateful for Spring and the changing landscape of colors and textures every day. I am grateful for the feel of sun on my face. I am grateful to have furry and non furry beings who love me.ย I am grateful for technology that lets me connect with people near and far. I am grateful to be alive and well.

Take a moment and reflect on what you are grateful for….

Notice the inner shift.

From anxiety to gratitude.
From fear to love.

There is a nourishing power here. Find your middle ground.


38 comments on “Inspiration – Light beyond Dark

  1. Profound. Namaste:)

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  2. well said, Val!

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  3. Gratitude is a heart-lifting antidote to fear, anxiety, confusion, loss…

    Lovely post Val. Thank you.


  4. “When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”
    – Tecumseh

    “Don’t pray for easier lives, pray to be stronger men.”
    – President John F. Kennedy

    “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
    – Anne Bradstreet

    “Start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly, you are doing the impossible.”
    – Francis of Assisi


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  5. Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™

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  6. There are many blessings within this time Val, we are very much alive with many things to be thankful for.
    If we didn’t have the technology we have now we would all be suffering in the misery like the Spanish Flu epidemic. That would have been an awful time.
    Now we are just suffering re-runs on tv.
    Mind you, there are still many who have lost loved ones with this virus and my heart goes out to them โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ ๐Ÿฆ‹

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  7. Beautiful and important reminder for us all, dear Val. Gratitude for what is…can be very challenging. Gratitude for what we have in the midst of this facilitates the deeper journey toward acceptance of what is. Thank you for this important post. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’•

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  8. A beautiful post, Val.

    I’ve been thinking those same words every day (except that I get my food home-delivered).

    We are so lucky to have computers and modern technology at times like this……to connect, to post ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ AND most importantly to realise we are not alone. Everyone around the world is finally ‘in the same kind of boat’.

    Even those in solitude have connections with and beyond what they can see and hear in nature. They may not be in MY boat, but they are in the ‘sea that connects our boats’

    Every living thing (or creature) is interconnected.

    I just hope it continues on the other side of this pandemic.

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  9. I can feel it…

    There is a nourishing power here.

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  10. I needed this reminder, thank you, Val

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  11. I am dipping into my inner well of peace, calm, and contentment.

    Aah . . . that’s better!

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  12. Riding a rollercoaster is fun, right?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • LOL … So they say! Although I get sick and have vertigo. At least the world isn’t moving so fast right now. Thanks for the smile Eliza ๐Ÿ™

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  13. “From anxiety to gratitude.
    From fear to love.”
    The only way to live Val ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. “Instead of wishing the dark away, how can we embrace it and uncover our joy? ..
    There is a nourishing power here. Find your middle ground.”


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  15. Exactly Val. I guess we were on the same page. To gratitude and embracing what is.

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  16. Yes! There’s so much power when we have gratitude. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. My husband and I have been focusing on this a lot as we are generally safe and have everything we need, enough that we can share and ease some of the suffering around us. A wonderful reminder, Val, that we are in charge of our thoughts and hearts. Stay well, my friend. โค

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  18. Perspective is everything! Your post really puts light on perspective of life and how there is SO much to be thankful for. Thank you for the wonderful reminder.

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