LifeThought: If darkness is winning the battle, light is not doing its job!

If darkness is winning the battles, my friend, it is because light is not doing its job. — Andy Andrews

Darkness existed before there was light.

Darkness is absence of visible light. It is also a term used for wickedness or evil, or an emotional state of despair or negativity, or a lack of understanding. While the definition may vary, know this: darkness is the prevalent state and light must be used to dispel it.

When you walk into a windowless room, like a closet, the room is naturally dark. If you flip on the light switch but nothing happens, what is the problem? Do you get frustrated because the darkness overpowering the light so you can’t see it? No, of course not! The problem is not the darkness; the problem is the light is not doing its job.

Much of the darkness we encounter in our lives exists inside our heads. We are constantly at war within ourselves to fight the darkness of negative thoughts. We easily get stuck in what Zig Ziglar called “stinkin’ thinkin’.” When this happens, your job is to shine the light of positive thinking and gratitude into your thoughts. Darkness hates the light of gratitude!

If darkness exists in your personal relationships or work situation, you really have just two choices. You can take responsibility for whatever darkness you are creating or perpetuating and begin to create light instead. Your attitude and personal actions are the light you can shine into a dark situation. Your other choice is to step away from the darkness and move toward the light. Sometimes the only way to find light is to remove yourself from the darkness. You cannot control other people or get them to change if they don’t want to, you can only change yourself.

The same is true for our  communities and countries. Darkness does what darkness does. It serves no purpose to curse the darkness. You are responsible for being a light in the world, first for yourself, then for others. You can encourage other people to become a light and spread positivity to others, just as I am doing, but you cannot make them do it. If those around you wish to remain in darkness, that is their choice.

If you are in darkness, don’t get mad at the dark–it’s just doing what it is supposed to do. It’s your job to turn on the light!


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7 Responses to LifeThought: If darkness is winning the battle, light is not doing its job!

  1. Shayla March 31, 2014 at 7:45 AM #

    This is right on time with what I’ve been going through the past few weeks. Just a reminder that I have the power! Thx 4 posting 🙂

  2. Melinda Viergever Inman March 31, 2014 at 1:03 PM #

    Fantastic! I feel as if you’re my personal encouragement coach as I launch my novel Refuge and market it. Stinkin’ thinkin’ is a constant battle as I climb toward the summit. You dispel the darkness with the light of true words! Thank you so much, Bruce!

  3. Jenny Hester April 2, 2014 at 9:46 AM #

    Great post Bruce. Thanks!!

  4. Kerri Stites June 24, 2014 at 8:03 PM #

    WOW! Love this!! Thank you!

  5. Ann Walker November 8, 2014 at 2:26 AM #

    Inspirational and perceptive, as always Bruce. Many thanks.

  6. Susan duke December 25, 2014 at 7:52 PM #

    There is so much darkness is overwhelming and suffocating. I need a geography change, thank you

  7. Lauren Wichman January 22, 2019 at 1:07 AM #

    Great article, Bruce! Great tips for everyone to use when faced with a dark time in their lives. Yet, sad for our country as it sure seems we all have forgotten to turn on the lights lately, especially, since 2014🥀

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