Seeing the light through the dark


“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” – Stephen Hawking

The cabin my wife and I spent the weekend in was deep in the forest which is to say at night it was very dark. I had forgotten just how dark the world should be and the sight of stars, not one or two but masses upon masses of stars was a long forgotten treat.

When we think about pollution many of us “city dwellers” think in terms of air and trash. But I rediscovered two I had forgotten, light and sound. This small cabin was located high on a mountain side deep in the woods. Behind us was a ravine that a small stream had spent millions of years slowly forming. There were no streetlights, no billboards, no headlights, no house lights, no beacons of any sort to cut through the dark.

After dinner Saturday night I sat on the back deck staring out into nothing and then I looked up into the night sky. I have seen this dance of light before but I had forgotten just how beautiful it was. From my backyard, in a city filled with light, I might see a few stars and bright planets but nothing near the display I was witnessing that evening.

I sat my bottle of beer down beside me in this black abyss and couldn’t find it. Sadly I knocked it over spilling a wonderful Milk Stout that I hoped the bears would enjoy later.

I have a lot going on in my life that is both positive and negative. It is very easy to overlook the positive because it speaks to us in whispers while the negative yells at us disrupting our sleep. But looking up in the sky that night I realized once again just how vast this universe is and that my life and problems are even less than an afterthought.

“If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.” –  George Carlin 

Somewhere, maybe even above my head, there is another Dad out there sitting on his deck with a cold beer wondering how he is going to pay for his childs college tuition next month. A Mom wishing she hadn’t said those cross words to her daughter. A child hoping her parents won’t get divorced. Sitting in this black night helped me see all the light I have in this world even when it is so much easier to focus on the dark. There is more light around us than we are seeing, we just don’t spend enough time looking for it.

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln  

About ends and beginnings blog

I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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17 Responses to Seeing the light through the dark

  1. Nan says:

    Abe’s quote is soooo appropos!

    LOVE being able to sit and look up at the night sky and actually see (all) the stars. Envy you your moment.

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  2. mwdunham says:

    Timely, again. Tonight everyone at the table – my husband, myself, 16 yo, 14yo, 12 yo and 5 yo- said something nice about each person. My 12 yo gave me the best compliment by saying I’m straight forward and if I didn’t say it I didn’t mean it.

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  3. Oh this is such a beautiful post. I want to copy that last paragraph and stuck it to my mirror or something.
    Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

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  4. L.M. Valdez says:

    Loved the photo, its incredible. check this photos, I know they are unrelated but they are truly amazin


  5. When technology began to boom in our world people found it amazing and many ran toward that light. Some of us sat and watched to see what it did to peoples lives. Rudeness, immorality, bullying, suicide, hate, boomed because we had more people reading what we wrote. Idiots were now able to join too. A cozy home with indoor plumbing and electricity was really all you needed but not to those who advertise and push all the new tech. Robots will take jobs, people will not be needed as much and our culture will change into a community of reclusive groups.
    I have a TV a Laptop but nothing else, my phone is a landline, the world spins around me and I am not forced to text or use a cell phone or use millions of apps. Secretly people are brainwashed when their friends have what you don’t have in tech.

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  6. Patty says:

    Marvelous post again.

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