I remember a story I read in a Sherry Dew book years ago. Mind you, it really was years ago and my memory is what you would expect from a 47-year-old-mother-of-a-two-year-old.
She recalled an experience driving in the dark with her niece. The niece was fascinated with the beams of light coming from the headlights. She asked her aunt something about how the light beams were able to shine through the darkness. While she stumbled over an answer, her niece exclaimed something like, "oh, I get it, the light is stronger than the dark."
I've always loved that. Light is stronger than dark.
And today, I really, really, REALLY need to remember that.
It's been a tough week. I took a red-eye on Sunday night to the east coast. With very little sleep, I arrived at the office in the afternoon. Have you ever known someone - at work, church, among friends, family, or anywhere, who really just didn't like you?
I have such a someone in my life. And this week we confronted the situation. Today we went to lunch, and that someone had a long list of complaints about me. When we finished, I understood why this person didn't like me because based on what I just heard, I didn't even like myself.
It's tough...really tough to get some negative feedback...especially when you don't believe it. Apparently, I emanate negative energy, among many other not-so-nice things to all those around me. At least according to this person.
So now I am vascillating between the denial and anger steps and can't seem to get over that bridge to the next steps.
But I do know a few things...
positive is stronger than negative
light is stronger than dark
On that note, happy valentines day. And remember...
love is stronger than hate