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…


The Eve of My Special Guest

Tomorrow is the big day!  My SPECIAL guest will arrive, right here on Growing Self!


Today, I thought I would give you a few visual clues.  Think of them as puzzle pieces to this little mystery…


I have to admit, I have been impressed with the detective work thus far!  But, in case some of you are completely stumped, my latest painting might help you out…


This was an exciting piece to create!  It will be on the way to NY, on Monday, to help my SPECIAL guest celebrate his incredible accomplishments!

In fact, here is another message from my SPECIAL guest, just for you…


Don’t miss tomorrow’s post, as I reveal and celebrate this extremely talented individual!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



A Very Special Guest…


SPECIAL: extraordinary; exceptional, as in amount or degree


This Sunday, a very SPECIAL guest will be visiting Growing Self.  I am so excited for everyone to meet my EXTREMELY TALENTED and AMAZING guest.  This is almost as exciting as the 12 Days of Roda…sorry, I had to sneak in the fact that it is post Birthweek  and that is pretty darn SPECIAL, too.  But, back to my AMAZING guest, before I break out in song again!  Granted, I have been having an Annie Lennox marathon all day, so you would probably have to hear me sing Walking on Broken Glass or Would I Lie To You. (You are welcome, in advance, if you have one of these songs stuck in your head for the rest of the day!)

I thought it would be fun to give everyone a few hints about my SPECIAL guest.  The first hint was hidden within one of the paintings I shared in my post yesterday. Here is the link, if you missed it and feel like participating in a little detective work:


Today’s post is brimming with secrets, hints and suspense!  After the 12 Days of Roda, I am surprised you are still reading!  I suggested to Wifey that I clone myself!  She quickly turned a bit pale and walked to the other room.  She must not be feeling well.   I will check on her in a bit.   I think 5 Roda’s would be plenty.  That would be more than enough dynamics, to keep track of, in one family!  Keep in mind, one might never know the secret of the true Roda…

Oh yeah, and the real Roda holds the secret about Sunday’s SPECIAL guest!

Check back tomorrow for another sneak peek…  Until then, here is a SPECIAL video, sent by my one and only SPECIAL guest!

Until tomorrow…

Love Yourself… Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…