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Darkest Night: Confronting the Shadows of Fear

How to see light

By Mysterious MathPublished about a month ago 3 min read
Darkest Night: Confronting the Shadows of Fear
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Mary had always been a woman of quiet strength. She was known in her small town as the person who could be relied upon in times of crisis, always ready with a calm demeanor and a helping hand. But behind this exterior of unyielding fortitude, Mary harbored a secret that gnawed at her soul: a paralyzing fear of the dark.

It wasn’t the kind of darkness that fell with the night. Mary had no problem navigating her home when the sun dipped below the horizon. It was a deeper, more profound darkness, one that seeped into her thoughts and made her feel as though the walls were closing in around her.

This fear had its roots in a traumatic event from her childhood. One stormy night when Mary was just seven, a lightning strike had knocked out the power in her family’s home. As she lay in bed, trying to calm her racing heart, a shadowy figure appeared at her window. It was only her father, checking to see if she was alright, but the image of that dark silhouette against the flashes of lightning was burned into her memory. From that night on, the fear of the unknown lurking in the darkness took root in her young mind.

As Mary grew older, she learned to hide her fear. She became adept at putting on a brave face, never letting anyone see how she flinched at unexpected shadows or how she avoided being alone in darkened rooms. But the fear was always there, lurking in the corners of her mind.

One summer, Mary decided to confront her fear head-on. She booked a trip to a remote cabin in the mountains, a place where she would be completely alone and surrounded by nature’s darkness. She packed her bags with determination, hoping that facing the dark, isolated nights would help her conquer the fear that had controlled her for so long.

The first night at the cabin was a test of wills. As the sun set and the shadows grew longer, Mary felt the familiar tendrils of fear wrapping around her heart. She lit every lamp in the cabin, but the darkness outside seemed to press against the windows, eager to get in. She sat by the fire, trying to distract herself with a book, but her eyes kept darting to the windows, expecting to see that shadowy figure from her childhood.

On the second night, there was a power outage. Panic rose in Mary’s chest as the lights flickered and went out, plunging the cabin into complete darkness. She fumbled for her flashlight, but in her haste, she knocked it off the table, and it rolled away into the shadows. Her breath came in short gasps, and she felt the walls closing in.

But then, something remarkable happened. Mary took a deep breath and closed her eyes, forcing herself to remember where she was and that she was safe. She listened to the sounds of the forest outside—the chirping of crickets, the rustling of leaves, the hoot of an owl. She focused on these sounds, grounding herself in the present moment.

Slowly, the fear began to ebb. Mary realized that the darkness wasn’t her enemy. It was a part of the natural world, a blanket that covered the earth each night, giving rest and renewal. She stood up, feeling her way to the door, and stepped outside into the cool night air. The sky was a tapestry of stars, twinkling brightly, and the moon cast a gentle glow over the landscape.

In that moment, Mary felt a profound sense of peace. She sat on the porch, wrapped in a blanket, and watched the stars until the first light of dawn began to chase away the darkness. She had faced her fear and found that it was not as powerful as she had always believed.

When Mary returned home, she carried that newfound strength with her. The shadows no longer held the same terror. She knew that fear was a part of life, but it didn’t have to control her. Mary’s journey had shown her that bravery wasn’t the absence of fear, but the courage to face it and keep moving forward.

Her story became an inspiration to many in her town, and she shared it with others who struggled with their own fears. Mary’s journey taught her, and those around her, that the shadows of fear could be illuminated by the light of courage and understanding. And in that light, fear lost its power.

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