Darkest Before Dawn

Darkest Before Dawn

Darkest Before Dawn

As I age, I discover much that I missed during my 7-decades. For example, it is difficult to deal with conflicts whether globally, nationally, or locally. I have been a dreamer for much of my life. During the civil rights movement in the 60s, those in the movement all knew that we would change things in America even amid the chaos and killings.

However, I did not connect the dots until now. Saul Alinsky, a radical reformer and community organizer, wrote, "We must believe that it is the darkest before the dawn of a beautiful new world. We will see it when we believe it."

I have wandered in darkness. I have danced with death a couple of times in the past several years. However, you and I need to believe and to move forward regardless of the problems that we face. Merely sitting and complaining means that darkness will continue to envelop us.

Others have observed what I discovered late in my life. Confucius said, "It doesn't matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." Sir Isaac Newton said, "Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it." Pete Seeger wrote and sang, Quite Early Morning, which sums it all up musically. His song starts with this couplet:

Don't you know it's darkest before the dawn
And it's this thought keeps me moving on...


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