“Winds shall rise, and fog descend”
Star Trek, Three Witches
In response to Michelle’s “Descent” challenge, I’ve chosen images that offer a literal illustration of downward movement. Above, the descent of nature’s layers traveling from the sky, down a steep mountain, to the valley floor. Below, the mid-air descent of a beautiful monarch butterfly toward a colorful floral target.
There is a figurative aspect to my choices as well – the emotional descent/ascent between darkness and light.
“A fall from such a height is rarely straight downwards.”
At some point, most all of us have faced an issue that could cause a descent into darkness. The question is, how will we react when these things happen? Even the most positive among us occasionally give in to despair – we are only human after all. But how long will it be before we recognize that the light remains and our often difficult task is to pull ourselves up and reach for it, no matter how far away it seems.
“You’ve seen my descent, now watch my rising.”
Darkness will come. Will it pull us in or will it teach us by comparison to appreciate the light? Will it cause our descent, or help us to recognize others’ more difficult issues than our own? With few exceptions, each of us has the strength within to move back toward the light. More importantly, we have the power to share our own light with others in need. Let us understand that the darkness need not triumph in our moments of descent – in time and with help, it too shall pass.
To see the descents of some other bloggers, click here.