The Gift of Gratitude: Darkness

The Gift of Gratitude Day 29: Darkness

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I was always afraid of the dark!  I blame this on my twin brother, who made it his main mission in life to continuously frighten me every chance possible.  I have to still remind myself that no one is under my bed, waiting to grab my ankles!

I have learned to embrace the darkness.  Daytime life becomes still, as the night awakens.  In the summer, the fireflies come out to dance in the moonlight, as an owl’s voice echos throughout the forest.    The moon is my nightlight, and I am thankful for her light, each night as I tuck the animals in to sleep.

There are life’s challenges, which also bring darkness.  I accept these times, reminding myself that they are short-term lessons that I need to learn.  I embrace the challenge and trudge forward, knowing the light will break through once again.

Remember, it is during our darkest times that we truly GROW

When I think about darkness, this free verse poem, I wrote a few months ago, came to mind.  Considering I am knee-deep in the darkness of Winter, it was nice to reflect on Fall once again, and my journey through darkness…


Embrace Her Mystery

As I journey down the path, towards the trees, I feel the energy of Mother Earth beneath my feet. The sun’s rays radiate across my pink cheeks, warming them with her touch.

As I breathe deeply, the aroma of a nearby campfire floats among the autumn breeze.

The crisp leaves hang from the trees, holding on for just a bit more, to dance in the sun’s glow. Their brothers and sisters have already released their grip and blanket the Earth, soon to become nutrients for new life in the Spring

As the forest thickens, the glistening beams of light become sparse. The wind can no longer reach my chilled face and darkness briskly approaches.

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I was once frightened of the dark, for it conjured up visions of unrest, leaving my heart pounding in my chest and my pulse racing.

As I stand, surrounded by stoic soldiers of the woods, the last beacon of light dissipates. Only shadows remain, illuminated by the lingering light that dims all too quickly.

At this very moment, I could allow my head to supersede reality, for I sense my insecurities knocking ever so gently… tap… tap… tap…

But, as I peer over my shoulder, I shift my sites overhead to the glorious moon.  Her beams embrace the stars and caress the night sky, ever so gently.

She blankets me with peace and contentment. Her light radiates across my face and for a moment, presents visions of fire flies, from warm summer evenings, magically dancing throughout the sky.

Alas, it is time to return…

As I journey down the path, amongst the darkened trees, the forest opens up once again. The night sky brightens and the stars twinkle in my presence.

I pause for a moment and turn, gazing towards the silence of the trees.

I breathe deeply, closing my eyes.

I no longer fear the depths of the night….

I embrace her mystery,

For my soul has found peace.


Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…


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