Weekly Inspiration: Choosing Between Light and Darkness

I want you to listen to me very carefully, Harry. You’re not a bad person. You’re a very good person, who bad things have happened to. Besides, the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.
 
Sirius Black
 
All right, so I’m being a complete nerd here, and beginning with a quote from Harry Potter.  That is because, like much of Western Literature, Harry Potter centered on the theme of light and darkness, and the idea that it is up to us to choose between the two.  Harry constantly wondered if he were destined to be evil, and in the end he learned that whether he was good or evil was a matter of choice, rather than destiny.
 
We are not destined to be anything.  None of us are inherently good or bad.  In fact, we have more of a say over our circumstances than we realize.  If there is one lesson that I have learned this winter, it would be the lesson of choice.
 
How many times have you labeled yourself? 
 

I think of the many things I’ve said to myself, that have done nothing but create limitations:

  • “I can’t do that.  I’m not a natural leader.
  • “If I voice my opinion, no one will like me.”
  • “I struggle with trust because I’ve been hurt in the past.”
  • “I will not succeed, because nobody listens to me.”
  • “I don’t deserve to be happy, because I’ve done x, y, or z.”

You know the litany.  We think we’re being self-aware, but we’re actually being self-limiting.  When we tell overselves that we can’t, we’re eliminating possibilities. 

Because, we always have a choice, no matter what!

Maybe things don’t go as planned.  Life is full of unexpected turns.  Maybe there are wounds from the past that need to heal. 

But, we still have options.  We can choose light over darkness, at any time.  We can choose to stay positive, to believe that the best is still possible.

It doesn’t matter how long we’ve believed otherwise.  It’s hard to break out of old patterns, but it’s infinitely worth it.

So will you join me in choosing light, today?

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7 thoughts on “Weekly Inspiration: Choosing Between Light and Darkness

  1. I have never thought of it in regard to light and darkness, but I agree that life is all about choices, and that you can choose to be a good person.

    This makes me think of various people I have known in the past who shunned me because I am not religious, who thought I couldn’t choose to be a good person, that I could only be good if I was religious. They were such hypocrites, with one in particular leading a life of total debauchery, but because she went to church, she was a ‘better’ person than I was, and I could never possibly be as ‘good’ as her.

    • That’s so sad to hear-both because you were shunned, and that those people were so hypocritical. I lose a friend here and there on Facebook due to my beliefs. The only way it bothers me is in the fact that they are so closed to accepting other belief systems, they are willing to forego any enrichment they could gain from another person because of a differing opinion. They are stunting their personal growth, and they don’t even realize it because they think there is nothing else to be gained.

      Hopefully that made sense, I’m a tad distracted at the moment!

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