'May I be a lamp for those who long for light.'
Our world often appears to be shrouded in darkness-
the outer world of crime, social and political intolerance, warnings of apocalypse, and other malevolent forces at work; the inner world of our own fear, doubt, resentment and the proximity of our own death.
We often run from darkness for fear of being engulfed, lost without a way. When we see the ruins of darkness before us we avert our eyes, afraid that somehow we too might be its next victim.
A very strange thing happens though if we no longer need to hide from darkness. If we open ourselves up to darkness it is very hard to find, even if we seek out that space of total darkness- a darkness so black we cannot tell if our eyes are open or closed, so dark you can't even see your own hands in front of you. It is very hard to find total darkness because light always seems to find a way in. There is always a tiny crack or pinhole which your eyes pick up on, casting rays of light into the space that you can't avoid even if you try to turn away from it.
As a matter of fact, the darker it is the more sensitive we are to light.
Light is all-pervading and surprisingly persistent. It doesn't need to manipulate or prove itself to exert its influence on the world. It just needs a tiny pinhole, a tiny crack of opportunity to spread its influence, illuminating the darkness.
Be a light for the world. You don't need power, wealth or even approval. You just need to be there, wherever you are.