Remove The Dark Lenses and Let in Some Light
I find it intriguing how some folks automatically see through a set of dark lenses, as if their entire existence depends on them finding the negative in everything. It’s almost as though they are in competition to spot more evil than everyone else. Someone could share a funny story, a photo of their dog, or a beautiful tale of their adventure through nature, and the dark lenses will instantly transpose it into some dystopian feature film, as though there is absolutely no good in this world and you’re not allowed to be joyous.
Are they a glass half empty kind of person or did they go so far down the rabbit hole they lost site of humanity all together? Has love, laughter, and compassion been programmed out of them? How can one begin to move forward, to transcend the evil that does surround us, and co-create with others to build a better future, when they won’t allow the light in?
Given the past year we’ve all had, it’s understandable that people find themselves in a state of depression at times, and angry as hell by the injustice against humanity, but this is when you have to dig deep. If you allow them to crush your soul, you just turned it over to the devil himself, and that doesn’t help anyone. There is far more good in this world than evil, you just have to open your eyes and your heart and let it in. Helping others is a great way to achieve this, and is sure to remove those dark lenses, at least for a time. Hold onto those moments.
Everyone is going through difficult times right now, and if the powers that be get their way and society continues to proceed from a place of fear, we are likely to see more difficult times ahead. But that doesn’t mean it has to be all bad, and those trying to distinguish the flickers of light by finding negativity in everything, are not helping.
If one’s heart is so full of rage, how can they find joy? How can they laugh at jokes, at friends, and at themselves, which is so important? How can they show compassion for those around them when misery is all they see? It is hindering oneself and those around them.
Take it from me, I’ve been down the dark rabbit hole for far too many hours over the past five+ years, and it can swallow you whole if you don’t come up for air. It has the ability to taint everything if you let it. Regularly doing activities, interacting with others, and having conversations that don’t have anything to do with the darkness that is trying to consume us, is critical for one’s mental health and well being. When those small moments come where someone shares photos of their thriving garden or adorable pets, or a funny joke, I am elated to share in those moments. It snaps you right out of the spell. Don’t let the spell get hold of you.
This isn’t the time to bring each other down. We need to raise each other up… even those who may not agree with you. Many people are stuck in fear right now, and yelling at them or asserting they are wrong isn’t going to pull them out of fear. Kindness melts fear. Knowing that others have your back no matter what, melts fear. Allowing others to work through their fear can be a powerful move.
This is the time for co-creating, for building anew, for finding solutions, and yes… making others aware of various agendas being played on humanity so that they can come to the realization in their own time. You cannot control another human being and force them to see that which you want or believe, you can only offer the seed and hope it grows.
Remove the dark lenses and let the light in, if not for yourself, then do it for others so they may find joy during a time where it is critical to our survival and building a future together.
“You can only offer the seed and hope it grows.” So true. Being positive is so much easier knowing the tide is slowly turning and one is not alone.
Well said. We need to remember God is in charge. Trust in Him and you will find that peace.
Too many people on the Left love drama and they are only comfortable if the is glass half full…or preferbly completely empty. They are very negative, unhappy control freaks who want everyone else to be just as unhappy, because misery loves company. These people always existed. The only way there was to combat them was to stay away from them, but when that wasn’t possible to laugh at them.
Comedy was always the cure for societies’ dark clouds. But now with “cancel culture” comedy isn’t even allowed! Comedians will get attacked, canceled, lose their jobs their reputations and become social pariahs. The Left doesn’t even have a sense of humor anymore! And if you do, you’re a racist! The lunatics are now running the asylum.
Valerie A Ridnouer
Thank you for that Corey! I am glad that I am not the only one to be sucked in by some of the things you talked about and I appreciate your thoughts on how to stay removed from such dark places. This weekend we had a Celebration of Life for my mother who passed away and it turned out to be a welcomed release of newfound laughter and joy at seeing family I hadn’t seen for ages! We played games and forgot what was outside of our little family get together. It was freeing to say the least. You are right in what you said, but it is so hard to KEEP that mindset. Actually, it’s a struggle for me. But just reading that others like me are out there and needing the wisdom that you brought to this short little article is a relief. We are not alone in our struggle and it is my prayer that those who are in this boat read this article and get out of the boat and live life. That’s my plan. I want to LIVE LIFE.
Yes. Yes. Yes. By all means….YES!!! Even during these times I can feel JOY for no reason at all bubbling up inside!! As I used to ask on a 70’s Saturday night (so long ago) Where is the party? HUGS to you Corey.
I have found those people who play at sniping – shooting down the positive or and/or dismissing anything and everything aren’t happy people. In addition, they are people that do not participate in life. They don’t participate so they don’t have to try, don’t have exert themselves either physically and mentally, and they tell themselves that they are superior, because they actually see things as they are (so they think). They won’t invest themselves reciprocity, in love, in collaboration, they aren’t risk takers, they usually think they’ve had things worse than others, and lack empathy.
It’s even more important during times of trial like now, not to get involved with determinedly negative people. These aren’t people who are having a bad day, or a bad week. They will pull the mentally healthy person down; never is the negative person pulled up. It’s a pathology.
I’ve had to choose to retain some optimism because life is intolerable for me without it. The smallest of things can cheer me up, yes, like a picture of someone’s gardening, a friend’s quilting project, the friendly neighbor dog. And always, helping others even if it seems to be only in a small task. Reaching out to others often restores their faith, too. Thank you, Corey.
Thank you Corey! Evil thrives in low vibration. Raise it up! Hug a friend, play with a puppy. Praise the One who saved you. Dance!
Well done – appreciate you and your work, Corey.
Beautifully said. In spite of the darkness, this in an amazing planet full of love. You need to choose to see it.❤️
Barbara L. Marcel
Rachel: Please move our focus to the People on the RIGHT! Gid bless you and all of us!
Barbara L. Marcel
Dear Noel West:L Amen! Amen! Amen! Thank you! God bless us all!
I’m just a stranger passing through this world – my eyes are on the Lord. As such, I see the dreadful darkness of this world; I watch with detached interest knowing that my Lord has it all in hand; I rejoice in Him and await His judgement. Love, He tells us, is the most important quality. So, I endeavour to love all and pray for His will in all things. He, unlike this world, never lets me down, never lies and is always positive. He is the way, the truth and the life – what more could a person need? Bless you Cory and all contributors.
Lighting the Way
Thank you Corey for what you do and this timely reminder to step back and look for the light. Also thanks to ALICE for the Godly poem on our place in this world.
Thank you Corey! Well said as always! 🙂
The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
© 1968, 2001 Kent M. Keith
Alison Noni Richards
Thanks for this reminder to take time to focus on building solutions instead of pointing fingers. After years of diving down those pesky rabbit holes I found myself surrounded by that impermeable darkness. I made a conscious effort to heal, detox and develop new systems for staying positive.
I set limits, have boundaries and allow myself to spend time in nature as often as possible.
Now, more than ever, we need to laugh it off.
I wonder if this is a message that is circulating in the Spirit. It has occurred to me also in the past week that I have been too concerned with all the evil that is presently manifesting in the world, it is hard to miss it, and spending less time on what God is doing in the midst of this to carry out His purposes, which are for Good and not for Evil.
I do know that He has a joyous denouement for all of us but that we have to go through this time of tribulation first, so I have to consciously remember and focus on that, rather than the widespread deliberate and malevolent oppression, which inevitably leads to personal depression.
I have much to be grateful for and I know that He has hidden me in the cleft of the Rock and has covered me there with His hand, as He has all His children, so there is absolutely no reason to be depressed. Just as He commanded the children of Israel to go indoors and stay there as He sent the pestilence upon Egypt (symbol of the world), so today He is advising us to enter into His presence and stay there while He judges the world.
I believe the Word for us today is the admonition given to His disciples by Jesus when He was prophesying about these days. He said, “When you see things begin to happen, look UP for your Redemption draws nigh”.
Thank you, Corey, for a well-timed post! As always you know how to expertly put into words what others have such a hard time expressing. Sometimes everything does seem dark and I know I have had a hard time getting beyond it. My husband is one of those few who can’t see beyond his CNN truth and I spent too much time trying to convince him otherwise. Anger and resentment eventually set in and a wall is built between us. Just this past week I came to grips, said a prayer, and have now set a new ‘light’ path of acceptance for myself that both of us will be able to live with. After 50 years of marriage, I’ve learned that we are both entitled to our own views.
Corey, your light, love and peace brings sanity into this world or darkness. Thank you for all that you do. Kenny
Richard E. Stephenson II
Very well put. This entire world was created by Love, through Love and for Love. Love has already won, having the faith to hold on to this is our mandate as well as sharing this Love with as many souls as possible while we are here! Godspeed and Maranatha
Dave from San Antonio
“If You Stare Into The Abyss, The Abyss Stares Back At You”.—F. Nietzsche
Corey, Thank you for the reminder to be the Light in this dark world. I give thanks to our Creator for sending Jesus as the perfect Light in the darkness and I pray that we would all look UP during this trying time and trust in Jesus to show us the way. God bless you and your readers as we continue to be salt and light.
Corey, Bless you for your gentle reminder to share God’s love and find joy in life as He intended, in spite of all the evil exposed.
I have been painfully struggling to find the correct balance. I feel compelled to awaken others, especially family and friends, to all the lies and evil, so they can appreciate the urgency of these times. Even though I desire to encourage them to reject the lies and deception of satan and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, more often, I am seen as the dark cloud raining on their parade.
Thank you for sharing your insight to “only offer the seed and hope it grows”. I am encouraged to keep looking up and pray for discernment. I will seek to plant seeds with love and compassion, praying they fall on fertile soil, and keep faith those with eyes to see, and ears to hear, will awaken in God’s time.
As we seek His Truth, may we always choose to reflect His glorious light to overcome the darkness.
To God to be the glory. Thanks for all that you do!