I first wrote about darkness after the November 2015 Paris attacks. Then I updated it in November 2018 after the tragedy just down the road in Thousand Oaks, California, and again after the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque shootings.
Horror can sap our strength
When we’re confronted with dark events, dark forces, even horrific experiences and images, it’s natural to be blindsided. We don’t ever quite grow numb to it. And it’s easy to fixate. To lose focus. To lose energy and heart.
We can lose the vision of our way forward. We can lose the energy for anything. Our peace of mind, even our beliefs, shattered. Again.
Challenge and the way forward
In times of terrible trial, consider that your shattered focus is help that you don’t have to wait for. This challenge to your battered heart is the way forward. As one world leader said during a dark time in the 20th Century:
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
— Sir Winston Churchill
This guidance is right on in the fires of fear, pain, and the loss of simple human happiness. Loss of confidence in the next day or week or season for ourselves and our fellow humans.