Find the light.
All-encompassing darkness is overwhelming. Disorienting you so absolutely, you can stumble and fall if you’re not careful.
When I get up in the middle of the night, and it’s totally dark, I have to stand still and search for a flicker of light to orient myself.
Same with trail running. When I’m out there in the pitch black, with only my little headlamp for light, I have to stay focused on what that light is shining on so I stay oriented.
Sure. I stumble sometimes, but I mostly stay upright.
When tough times are crowding in around you, and it feels like you’re lost in the dark, look for the light. Even the smallest flicker can help you see the path out of the darkness.
If you need to, shuffle toward it. Heck, crawl if you have to. You’re strong and capable, whatever you need to do, get to it.
There’s nothing more scary than feeling alone in the dark. It can lead to desperate decisions. But the thing is, you’re not alone. You are loved. You are needed. You are strong.