One of my favorite things to do is sit on my dock as the sun comes up.

The light illuminates the trees on the other side of the lake, starting at the top and slowly working its way down to the water over the course of an hour or so.

It strikes me that this is the way most illumination (and change and growth) occurs – starting in our head as a thought, then slowly working its way down through our being, body, and finally action. So slowly that we often don't perceive it, or if we do, we want to rush it.

Not only is it a process, but a cycle. Just when we are fully enlightened, another round of darkness falls and it feels like we have to start the illumination process all over again.

But here’s the thing: each new darkness does not erase the progress you’ve made as a human being. Trees don’t start over as seeds every day and neither do we.

We are never really starting over. We are starting over and above where we started yesterday.

Many of us are experiencing what feel like darker and longer nights these days. Which is why we must recognize and soak up as much light as we can every chance we get.

Consider that every round of illumination actually strengthens and prepares us for the next round of darkness.

And when you’re in darkness, never ever forget that light will shine on you again.

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