“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” – Charles Dickens
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” – Genesis
Yet, contemplating early man grunting around a camp fire isn’t settling my troubled soul. I am not a religious person, but, writing here as my computer pings with mostly disturbing updates about the state of our world (2017 resolution number one, I need to alter my notification settings!), scarcity of daylight isn’t the only darkness with which we find ourselves confronted, or rather assaulted. “The light was good.” The use of the word “light” in that passage from Genesis seems to intimate so much more than light just being really helpful in the practical sense.
”You are fettered,” said Scrooge, trembling. “Tell me why?” “I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Scrooge not only sees the light, but becomes it, turning his bitter, cold heart inside out and embracing love, charity and kindness.
With all my heart I wish each and every single one of you love and light and a bright new year. Sure, light a candle. Hang twinkle lights. But most importantly, let’s be the light. Remember Scrooge. We always have a choice.
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”– Edith Wharton