In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius Black tells Harry that we’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on.
For us to be able to see the light, we must know what darkness is, and vice versa. And because the only person we should ever be competing with is ourselves, we have the ability to light the way and shine in our own darkness.
I like to look at different parts of our journeys as time we spend in the dark, as seeds. In its raw form, a seed doesn’t look like what it will become someday. It is buried in darkness, deep in soil. And it may stay there for quite some time. But deep beneath the surface, a lot of things are happening in the darkness.
In the seed’s dark environment, it receives water and sunlight hits the surface of the soil. Over a long period of time, the seed evolves and is in the process of becoming. In its process, the seed abandons the smaller form of itself that it was when it went into the soil. It trusts that the process of growing and evolving will yield a better, stronger version of themselves – even though they remain beneath the surface for a period of time in the darkness.
It is during our dark times that we discover what we are made of and what we are capable of. Remember, creation is quiet. Struggle allows us to develop the strength we will need once we have fully transformed.
Over time, the seed pushes its way above the surface and eventually blossoms. All it’s time in the darkness was needed for it to become a flower – a living, breathing thing that we look at in awe.
If you are in a dark place right now, don’t give up. This is part of the process of creating something amazing. There is a plan for your transformation, and you will emerge more magnificent than you ever thought possible.