Light and darkness, success and failure

The movement of small business owners throughout their day is a constant transition from darkness to light. When something good happens, our world seems newly illuminated. Every struggle, every setback, seems to cause darkness to return. But we know every dark moment is an opportunity for light. The only question is, will our efforts produce a flicker or a beam? And isn’t not knowing what makes the anticipation sweeter?

Should we long for a life without struggle? Wouldn’t constant light become boring? Remember, the enemy of vision is not darkness, it’s glare.

In one of my favorite books, Anam Cara, my late friend and favorite Irishman, John O’Donohue, wrote, “We are the sons and daughters of the darkness AND the light.” Indeed.

Light and darkness, success and failure — what would be the value of one without the other?

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