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In this Darkness, We are Light

By Stephanie DeFazio

As we head into what could potentially be some of the darkest weeks in the spread of COVID-19, it got me thinking about how we are all coming to terms with that reality. How do we mentally prepare for that, and how can we be of help?

The phrase that came to mind is one that we are all familiar with, "the light at the end of the tunnel," which symbolizes hope. As I started to think more about the meaning of light in the darkness, I realized that the light is us. We can be a light to each other to get through this darkness.

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” -Maya Angelou

But how can we do that in a meaningful way? First of all, we have to choose to stay positive and keep the faith. Make time for some good news and for the things that truly bring happiness and joy.

With that positive attitude in place, and by continuing to fill up our own vessel, we smile, we laugh, and we check in with our family and friends to offer encouragement. We shine our light of togetherness within our own community and watch as it spreads and continues to make an impact on others. All it really takes is one person to start this, and the ripple effect is incredible!

Even in the midst of all the sad news, there have been amazing stories of people making masks, creating beautiful signs to thank healthcare workers, and donating food. They represent just a few of the many ways that we can be a light.

"Light up the darkness." -Bob Marley

Just as Bob Marley once said, we have to continue to "light up the darkness" and together, we will make it through the next few weeks of so much unknown.

If you're looking to try something new to bring you some joy and keep your light shining, the Soul Studio online workshops are still ongoing, with two more left on April 15th and April 22nd. You can register here.

Stay safe and well everyone. And let's continue to show our gratitude to the amazing healthcare workers on the frontlines right now!

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