Last week I wrote about “The Dark Side,” so it seems only right that this week I flip the coin. Doesn’t that always seem to be the case? The good comes with the bad, the happy with the sad, the dark with the light. But frequently during the past several years I’ve caught myself thinking that I’ve had more than my share of the dark, often brought on by the not-nice-people (NNPs) who have crossed my rocky path:
- the client who just decided not to pay me after I sacrificed my Christmas to help her with a big project
- the “friend” who kept sharing posts about how you can’t understand “real” love until you’re a mom
- the doctor who continued to ask (year after year) if I have children (Read the damn file!)
Recently I’ve become better about practicing a way to flip this. In the midst of the hating and wishing them ill (I’m being honest here), I stop myself, take a deep breath, release the NNP, and focus my attention the 99.9% of people who are doing good in the world, who are generous, thoughtful, helpful, and kind. Some of the recent bright lights in my life include:
- the former work colleagues I bumped into at a restaurant who surprised me by paying for my lunch
- the angel who fed my parking meter seconds before I would have gotten a pricey ticket
- the longtime friend who called out of the blue just to say “Hi” then really listened when she asked how I was doing
You know who else falls into this camp? The men and women of LWB. The people who candidly share their stories of loss and healing. The commenters who support, commiserate, and encourage. The members of the forums and groups. The many quiet readers who see themselves in the stories on our pages and offer up prayers for healing and peace.
For a few moments this week, I hope you’ll think about who has lifted you up lately, who has held, helped, comforted, or sustained you. If you’re facing hard times, stop, take a deep breath, and hold one of those angels close in your heart. For, yes, there is darkness in our world, and it comes in many forms. But, oh, the joy of finding the light!
Kathleen Guthrie Woods is mostly at peace with her childfree status.