"It was a dark and stormy night...."  That is Snoopy's opening line every time he sits on top of his dog house to write his novel.  It seems he never really gets any further than that.  But, a great opener is where it starts.  Without it, no one would get sucked in and read any further. Darkness always wants to pull us in.

[It's 4:30 a.m. CST and I am wide awake...I got up.] I hate the time change in northern Illinois as the result of day light savings time. Fall back to waking up way too early and wanting to crawl in bed right after the sun sets at 4:45 p.m.  I DO NOT like the central time zone.  I do not like it Sam I Am!  One wouldn't think an hour either direction is really that big of a deal.  But, it is!

The year I moved to Arizona in late April [a state that does not change times - mountain time] the sun actually came up around 5 a.m.  For a wired to get up at the butt crack of dawn person, it was heavenly!  I was outside at 5:00 a.m. to see the Arizona beauty as it was lighted.  I could run and walk at 5:00 a.m.  It so fit my relentless excessive need to be in the great outdoors before work.  The rough part though was it got dark significantly earlier there, even mid-summer, than it does in the central and eastern times zones in June and July. 
[It's 4:30 p.m. CST and I am driving home as the sun or a cloudy variation of it hits the horizon to set...It was a dark and stormy night!]  By the time I pulled in the garage and changed my clothes to go for a walk post-work last night, the clock read 4:50 p.m.  It was dusk and turning to dark.  I tried to defy the automatic connection your mind makes with darkness; time to be inside, time to wind down, the day is over, go to bed It was only 5:40 when I returned back from the miles, and my mind still couldn't stop the automation of thoughts that darkness of eve bring.

I talked myself through whether, upon my return from walking in the darkness, I would; A) turn the porch light on and try to rake the front leaves from the yard and the curb or, B) go inside and begin the dark evening hibernation.  I did not rake leaves as I didn't not have enough artificial light to see them all.  And since I have OCD/perfectionist tendencies, I could not rake if I could not do it all and do it completely right. 

Though extremely thankful that, in the central standard time zone post fall back an hour on November 2nd, it now gets light at 5:45 a.m. like it did in early summer.  But, previous to the fall back an hour, I was growing well accustomed to running in the dark before work.  If I have to choose which bracket of the day I'd rather have day light in the cool and colder months, it would be evening! 

I do a sort of mantra self-talk. . . 
[Just get to December 21st.  Just get to December 21st.  Just get to December 21st.]  That's the December Solstice in the northern hemisphere - the shortest day of light in the year.  It's the date when the hours of light, on both ends of the bracketed day, are the MOST saturated with darkness.  

This year I will use this time of growing darkness to December 21st to reflect, to really illuminate my inner light. I'm changing my perspective on the darkness I so hate. It's November 6th and the deepening darkness has 44 days to squeeze as much light from the day as possible.
 Time hope.

. . . Just like evil and Satan.  That darkness wants to rule as well.
 And, by the looks of the circumstances on earth, has the power
and is. Spiritually though, Jesus' December 21st  of sorts is on its way. 
There is coming a day when darkness will no longer rule. 

Spiritual hope.


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