“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars” – R.W. Emerson
I remember reading this quote as a teenager and even then, as an awkward and sometimes confused teenager, it had a profound impact upon me. I appreciated what it said and meant almost immediately. It was simple yet powerful in its insight. Quite simply, stars shine their brightest when we are engulfed in darkness. Amidst the bright city lights, they are hardly noticeable. But when darkness descents upon us and it is night beyond compare, the universe above us sparkles in splendour, dressed at its best.
We all have dark moments in our journey of life. When hope appears to be just out of our reach. When night becomes almost overwhelming in its entirety and expanse. Then as a teenager, I often recalled this quote and remembered to look up at the heavens. It provided always a ray of hope and a new tomorrow.
Since then, I have traveled further but the twists and turns remain. But I still remember the stars. I still remember to stop and look up. And it strikes me that they are always there. Unchanging in its formation and display. I recognise the same patterns, sometimes the same stars. Like old friends, they remind me of where I rest my hope in. And that despite the ravages of time, they remain and will forever be there for me. I hope they do for you too.