Today we "fall back" into standard time. This means a bit more light early in the morning, but sudden darkness by 5pm in most places. Here in California, we fall at the beginning of the Pacific Time Zone. I guess that has some effect, too. In any case, we try to control the light we get from the sun, but in my humble opinion, the best we can do is utilize the sun's power to create solar energy, etc. Changing our clocks just messes with our minds I fear. And disturbs our biorhythms to boot.
However this is about gratitude. On this fourth day of this commitment to expressing and sharing those things I am grateful for, I am aware how grateful I am for light. More light. Even in the shorter days of winter, it is the light that chases away the doubts and fears. Shine a light on it and it, whatever it is, becomes apparent.
I am blessed with decent eyesight. I've needed glasses since I was 13. Puberty I guess did me in. LOL. But seriously, I give thanks that I can see in the light and even in some darkness. I have friends who cannot see. Macular degeneration. Glaucoma. Blindness. All have stolen their ability to see. What I know about these people though is they have within them a true light. It is a light the shines forth in their smile, their optimism and their insights. Insights are truly a blessing. And those insights come with the light whether it be the inner light we all possess or the outer light that leads us forward.
I had a friend whose license plate read "MORLITE". That is all we need. The more we shine light on the darkness, especially in these troubled times, the more we bring love and understanding. Someone recently said on a talk show I watch that these times remind her of the 1960s. Unrest. Civil disobedience. Protests and the like. For every two steps forward, it seems we must take one back. Sometimes we just need a moment to adjust to the new reality some call progress.
Give thanks for all the sources of light in your life. And let those sources disperse the darkness in your mind. Light will win out. It always does. Yes, it really does.