darkest just before the dawn?…


12/09/2013 by Sarah Ritchie

Sunrise photo 1 by Sarah

Sunrise photo #1 from “While You Were Sleeping”, a 91-day photo essay by Sarah Ritchie

There is a popular philosophical phrase “the darkest hour is just before the dawn“, but is it true?

My alarm goes at 5am every week-day morning. My noble intention is to jump straight out of bed giving me a good couple of hours to attend to my emails, do a bit of writing and take the dog for a walk before I leave for work.

How often it is that I lie there in bed – periodically thwacking the snooze button – listening to heavy rain pelting down outside. All I can think about, in those moments, is how I will have to walk our dog through that rain – not exactly a throw-the-covers-off-the-bed inspiring thought.

What usually happens though, is that the rain does its thing for the next hour or so, and then – just as the the sun begins to rise – the rain stops; the birds start to sing; and the warmth from the new day’s sunshine starts to make the world all better again.

If we look at the saying from a scientific point of view, then it is quite likely to be true. The dictionary describes dawn as “the first appearance of light in the sky before sunrise“. By this definition at no point in the night will it be darker than just before the sky in the east begins to get a bit lighter.

From a metaphorical point of view, what goes up, must come down – and things can only get so bad before they get better. There will always be an apex of change (dark to light, up to down). The task falls to us to figure out how to cling tightly to the roller coaster car on the climb up, so that we may be able to fling our arms in the air on the way down (and enjoy the ride).

Have you ever wanted to give up, just before you see a breakthrough?! Try clinging on a little longer. The sun is guaranteed to rise. I promise.


4 thoughts on “darkest just before the dawn?…

  1. Amen!!!! There may be suffering in the night but joy comes in the morning. 🙂

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