The perception may be that a person who has been walking in the dark challenges of life might see almost everything through a dim lens, but I have actually discovered the opposite to be true. Though one’s days may be filled with pain and sorrow, the aspects of life that provide light have the opportunity to shine more brightly.
Jessie has a cool ladybug nightlight (thanks Baesels!) that is commonly a toy of choice, but oftentimes she attempts to enjoy it in the daylight; she still finds pleasure in pushing the buttons and carting it around the house, but it is only upon entering a dark place that her joy with this toy increases exponentially. When she takes it into her closet, closes the door, and in the darkness pushes the buttons, glee fills her face upon seeing the red, green, and blue stars of light flood the room. The darkness enables her to enjoy the fullness of light present in the toy.
Similarly, it is my heartache that has caused blue skies to shine brighter and flowers to become more fragrant. The love of a friend is all the more meaningful, kind gestures more greatly appreciated, a smiling face particularly valued, laughter a little sweeter, and love richer and deeper. As brightly as these lanterns shine, it is especially in the dark that they are clearly seen.
I am grateful for the manner in which the darkness of my life has accentuated the light.