I Am Grateful for All the Light We Can See

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The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.

Brené Brown in The Gifts of Imperfection

Life can be filled with darkness from time to time. This past week, the people around us experienced more than their fair share; friends and family received sad news that changed their lives forever.

There is also the light and I am lucky to have observed a number of amazing things this week. Actions and moments bursting at the seams with hope.

In the past seven days, I have witnessed and heard of:

A young woman being baptised in the Scottish sea.

A courageous woman holding the hand of a lifelong friend in her last moments.

A baby being born.

A boy offering his grandmother his blanket when the heating broke.

Friends visiting a woman in the hospital while sharing words of comfort with her family.

People coming together to sing.

The sun sparkling off the water.

I am focusing on the light and the joy and those moments of gratitude we find along the way. I am moving towards hope and helping others. There is no other way.

I am not writing this for myself. I am writing this to simply share the ideas of kindness and joy. To help remind others of their existence, even when they tend to disappear from time to time.

This past Sunday, Scotland experienced the sunniest day we’ve had since November. My family and I were on the beach, still wearing our winter clothes and the sun returned like a long lost friend. You forget what the sun feels like on your skin after it has been gone for so long.

Maybe that’s the best part of the light; the warmth it brings. I am grateful I was there to feel all that light. My ambition is to now share it with others.

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