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Dark times happen to all of us, we all go through a time in our lives where all seems dark and damp, for some of us it happens only once and for others it happens more often, but regardless, it happens. If it hasn’t happened yet it will.

 

Mother Teresa went thought it, has did all the saints as I am sure it did to all great people of history. Jesus Christ himself went through a dark time, when he was in the garden; dark times are part of our life.

 

It’s not bad to have dark times, in fact I think it’s healthy, it acts as a cleansing time, but they can seem like the end of it all, like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. But it’s not; rather think of it as the start of a new adventure, one of unlimited possibilities, one of hope and promise.

 

As with most things in our life, it is our outlook on the dark times that determines our outcome. Sure it is hard to have a positive outlook when life seems like it is imploding on you, bringing you down, and coloring all you see with shades of black. But it’s not impossible, nothing is.

 

We all have our dark times, and we all overcome them sooner or latter, It is said that Mother Teresa had years of darkness in her life. But one would never know it, based on her works of charity and love. It’s not that she was putting on an act for all to see, but rather she was using this darkness to find the light in the world, she was using this time of despair to fine joy and happiness. Her soul was heavy with nothingness; she states that she felt at times that God had left her and that she would never feel his presence again. But it was that wanting and needing God that kept her motivated, happy and positive.

 

We all can learn a lot from that little lady of Calcutta; she spent most of her life in darkness, but lived her life as if it was shinning forth with greatness; Most of us live or life of darkness, with only despair on the horizon.

 

How sad, to live ones life as if there is no hope, no concern or charity in this life. Most of us have more then we need, yet we fail to see or accept it for what it is.

 

So when the dark moments arrive, stop and think of Jesus and his despair in the garden or Mother Teresa’s life of darkness, and how they used the despair to make this world a better place, so really hw dark can your moments be? How much despair can you really feel? Yes we all do go through dark moments, some more then others, but we all do, its not the darkness that is despairing, its how we choose to live it out, how we choose to use these moments, we can choose to use it for self-pity or we can choose to use it to change the world we live in. Mother Teresa changed the world one person at a time, starting first with herself; we can choose to do the same.

 

 Paul

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