Some days it’s hard not to become disheartened by bad news. I may have stopped watching TV, but still, it’s hard to avoid the stories about customers who verbally and physically attack retail employees, or protesters with oozies out to protect their selfish rights, or governmental corruption, lies, political dirty tricks, and round and round we go where she stops, God only knows. So much ugliness in the world coming at us from so many different directions. Heaven help us.
If I were to allow myself to focus on all of this distressing news, surely I would be caught up in a frenzy of hopelessness unable to see a way out, or worse, be sucked into the fray by the unbridled fear-mongering heaped upon us daily by the media. It’s why I turned off the TV.
We need to see the light.
My mother used to say, “Light up the dark corners.” When she said it, she meant the room.
When I say it, I mean the world.
Before he died in 1991 at age 40, Lee Atwater, chairman of the Republican National Committee and manager of George Bush’s 1988 successful presidential campaign, took responsibility for his actions of “naked cruelty” by setting out upon a mission of making amends to those who had been hurt by his underhanded political tactics. “I did not invent negative politics,” he said, “but I am one of its most ardent practitioners.”
His deathbed confessions and apologies, according to some who knew him well, were fueled by his fear that he would go to hell for his actions. Perhaps this could be considered as an unlikely side benefit that fear provides for motivation for a change of heart.
Whatever the cause of his desire for repentance, it pales in comparison to the implication that change is not an impossible dream, even under the very worst of conditions. In fact, it may even seem miraculous that a man capable of such incredible manipulation and control might suddenly turn into the poster child for political good behavior and seek forgiveness for his self-serving actions.
It gives me hope. It gives me the hope that if Lee Atwater saw the light and could change, perhaps others will as well. It is not an impossible dream. Minds are changed one at a time. Perhaps the light might dawn upon one angry customer, or one armed protester, or one corrupt politician and bring about a change of heart.
If one person lights one match in a darkened room, all will be able to see. If one person turns on one light in one corner of a dark room, the room will be illuminated. Each one of us who sees and focuses on the light helps to dispel the darkness. Each one of us can help to change the world, one mind at a time.
When enough of us participate in lending light to the darkness, when the world is well enough lit, we will all enjoy the beauty, harmony, and bounty of a glorious new life on our beloved earth.
So please help in the effort of transformation and turn on your light. Light the match. Light the light. See the light.
Light up the dark corners.
Note: The photo above is courtesy of New Waves of Light, a website designed by anonymous individuals around the world who share the intention of bringing light and love to a world of darkness and chaos. (newwavesoflight.org or NWOL.us).