The Tunnel of Light

| December 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

I was recently reminded that we start our days in a tunnel of darkness. We don’t actually know what to expect, even though we may have tasks, activities and responsibilities to be completed during the day. However, it always seems that there are a variety of factors, including people who we interact with that determines the outcome. Over the last month, I have been referring to these occurrences and connections with other people as “light factors.”

George Mitrovich (who is a friend and writes for the Presidio Sentinel) and I had a lengthy conversation this past month about politics, people and religion. I was sharing with George some of my conversations with people who read the newspaper. The outcome of that conversation is his article in this issue and a new resource that he shared with me, a Notre Dame daily spiritual offering. Since both George and I consider ourselves to be spiritual, I was intrigued by his suggestion. What I learned and what I received is another “light factor.”

During my conversation with George I told him about the tunnel of darkness and how throughout the day and our lives there are people and consequences that shed light on us. I also told him that he was able to do this…shed light.

Ironically, at the end of George’s column he refers to someone who also uses the reference to “tunnel and light.” I wonder if it is just coincidental. Maybe yes; maybe no.

Then as if it is a sign, I also just recently received this enlightening message via email:

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer

As this is a very special time of the year for those of us who believe in Christmas and in God, I almost feel as if this is just a reminder that we need each other. And, we need to be inspiration, encouragement and a light for each other. Even at our weakest and most challenging times, we can appeal to ourselves and to others to find comfort, solace, encouragement and insight.

As I shared with George, I may not always agree with his points of view or perspective on issues, however, I do feel that he challenges me to question, to ask and to pursue the truth and reality. I am also reminded that none of us are alike. With the exception of babies, all of us are a combination of attitudes, aspirations, talents, skills, life experiences, upbringing and relationships that make us who we are. And, though some may doubt this, we need each other to grow, succeed and prosper. I do believe that each of us has the ability to shed light on a tunnel of darkness and “rekindle a spark for another person,” as Albert Schweitzer stated above.

And, I remind all of us, be mindful of our actions. We have the ability to “turn off” or “turn on” the light for others to see through life’s tunnel of darkness.

Merry Christmas to all of you, and wishing you a happy and “light filled” New Year!

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