Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

I Said To The Darkness February 21, 2014

It happened in an instant, as these things usually do. I saw the sunlight at the end of a very dark tunnel the other day. Literally. After what has arguably been one of the most challenging Wisconsin winters I’ve survived we were hit with some seriously warm rays of sunshine. It was almost 50 degrees and I half expected my people to break out their swim suits.

SnowInstead mom broke out her running shoes (good choice) and I went on a very memorable walk around my dear neighborhood with my mom, my aunt, and Carter. It was my first walk with Carter and (to be honest) he didn’t seem to really notice we were outside. But I sure did.

The wind was blowing and it was not the bone chilling cold wind of late. It was the wind of spring. Sure, there is still about a solid two feet of snow everywhere. And when the sun went down it took the warmth with it. I didn’t mind because it’s coming. The end is near. Winter is almost over.

So you can imagine my dismay when I overheard on the television today that we are due for more frigid temperatures next week. Albeit disappointing, I have to admit it was a lot easier to take after that one day of respite from the cold. After I saw the light at the end of the tunnel.

Darkness has no power over light, just as negativity has no power over hope. “The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us,” suggested transcendentalist thinker Henry David Thoreau. “Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.”

It’s a pretty powerful thing to be sure. Seeing that light, even for a brief instant, can recharge the soul in such an overwhelmingly fulfilling way. The moment may have been fleeting, but its impact remains.

To view a video ofย our walk: https://vine.co/v/MZDBi59lHAi


23 Responses to “I Said To The Darkness”

  1. huntmode Says:

    Wyles, your eloquence is growing in leaps and bounds, much like the sunlight you found. ๐Ÿ™‚ xxoo HuntMode

  2. utesmile Says:

    How wonderful a bit of “Spring ” in the air with the warm sunshine. Great your mum made the most of it and went out with you! I hope this winter will end soon… you do have the light in you Wiles though. I see it shining always !

  3. We had some inches of spring here too, Wiles! But winter is coming back next week. Your family looked really excited on their first walk of 2014!! So much fun.

    Love and licks,

  4. fredrieka Says:

    I enjoyed the couple of days of warm, mom doesn’t run but she walks Ol Cissy and I and we go explore our 17 acres ; where I run run run and never get tired of running

  5. Yay for first walk with carter. I hope spring arrives and leaves…I’m a bit allergic to most things that bloom. But the up and down of the temps here in Florida has been terrible.

  6. It’s great to see the first signs of spring and I hope the weather-guy in tv isn’t right that you will get more frigid temperatures. I’m sure Miss Spring is on the way :o)

  7. How funny that your furless puppy doesn’t notice he’s outside… in a couple of years that will change I’m sure and you can play ball together!

    • Dear Bailey! So nice to hear from you! I hope all is well. I do indeed anxiously await the days we can play ball together. It’s an interesting balance to be sure – enjoying the present while anxiously awaiting the future. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Lots of love,

  8. Fun to see big smiles and wagging tails! Hooray for the sun!!!

  9. Wiley, I think you might be the light at the end of your own tunnel! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Lyn Says:

    Wiles, you are a little ray of sunshine on four legs. These last few months, there have been times when I’ve wished we could send our friends in the Northern Hemisphere a little warm weather, and they could send us just a little of their cool (cold?) weather. Share and share alike. Temperatures here range from 29-115 throughout the year. Today is beautiful – 75 degrees with a light cool breeze. Only five more days of summer left ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh my goodness. 75 degrees!? That sounds beautiful! I’m so glad to hear there is warmth like that somewhere in the world at least. It will return as it always does…it’s just the waiting that gets to us. It’s been pretty rough this time around, but that’s why I’m around I think. Gotta keep being that ray of sunshine like you said. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Lots of love,

  11. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    โ€œThe light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us,โ€ suggested transcendentalist thinker Henry David Thoreau. โ€œOnly that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.โ€

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