Monday, August 14, 2017

The Good of the Dark: Where You Shine Best

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker



No matter which way you look, light will eventually appear!

The universe has an amazing quality: Contrast. Without it, you couldn't see anything. Light can only shine in darkness. 

"Everybody wants happiness, and nobody wants pain. But you can't have a rainbow without a little rain." Zion Forest Lee*

You love your comfy little place. So, sometimes you think that a challenge is a bad thing, that anything 'negative' is a curse. But without the seeming contradictions in life, you tend only to move from side to side instead of forward.


Whenever I compose music, write blog posts, or speak before a welcoming crowd, I continually run up against such contradictions. They can appear as either a small annoyance or total chaos. Do I always handle them with aplomb? Hardly.

We creative/artistic types are known for throwing things across the room when we feel tricked, or even abandoned (at least temporarily) by our muse. But we pick up the shattered coffee cup, or the cracked kitty bowl, and move on.

If we don't, we shut down.

Eventually the song comes, the picture shows itself, the chapter gets written, and the light shines again. Euphoria ensues. At least until next time.

If you allow yourself to succumb to the darkness, the light will never shine. 

Still, be aware of the power--and the good--of the dark. Your light can shine nowhere else.


*Zion Forest Lee is an actor and writer, known for The Poet (2007), Sacrifice (2011), and Hit It(2013).

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