In the shade of life the world can be too much. As a chronic pain sufferer, I know for a fact that some of us live in the shadows. Dark rooms, soft lights, dark glasses at all times of the day and night. Trying desperately to keep ourselves hidden from the light of day. These shadows extend beyond the light and dark on the outside to the darkness that dwells inside of us. No, I'm not talking good and evil. It's more like the difference between our feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness, and the knowing of hope and happiness.
Our insides can feel cold and empty. Can feel battered and bruised. And, not just from the beating we can take from life, but also from the blows that we throw at ourselves. We might concentrate on a bleak future or the virtues we lack. Others may not see our distress, but that doesn't mean it's not there. So, we live in the shade with sunshine all around us.
All it takes is a single step to see some sunshine in our lives. It's there for each and every one of us. There is always some light no matter how dark the room may be. Keep your eyes open long enough and you will begin to see the things around you. A little longer and you will see the shadows being cast by the objects in the room. A little light can be found in any situation. Keep your eyes open long enough and even the darkest life casts shadows of it's own.
Know that as bad as it may seem there's a little light there. Grasp it, hold on to it, and pull on it toward the horizon. Let it grow in your heart till it lifts your spirits up. Use it to leave the dark, the shade, whatever pain you struggle against in your life. Make the most of any light in the dark. Take that hope and follow it toward the sunshine of your future.
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