In the Darkness

Jan 1, 2012

I wrote this last year, right around this time. On this first full workday of Daylight Savings Time (or the end of it, I don’t know), I felt this downward pull/push. But I’m also mindful of the treasures and lessons in the darkness. I needed to read this again. Maybe you need it too.

4 thoughts on “In the Darkness

  1. I came across your blog on NoBloPoMo. You have an artist’s soul, which can be extremely painful to possess. I have bouts of depression but I am terrified of the dark. There was something calming in me to know you welcome it. I know that sounds crazy. I welcome it to, but not to lie in it’s abyss of nothingness but to stay up and be productive.


  2. Thank you for reading. I’ve read somewhere that artists have a really hard time with mental illness. I don’t necessarily consider myself an artist, but I understand the artistic impulse. I’ve certainly done some of my best work in a hypomanic state.

    In the darkness, the world quiets down. Everything seems more calm. You can hide in the dark.


  3. Hey there, I found you via the NaBloPoMo blogroll.

    I’ve struggled with SAD for years, but last year was one of the better ones for me and I think two things specifically helped – we replaced all of our light globes with LED globes so better lighting inside during the day and especially at night. Plus, we installed – and this will sound loopy – a LED colour changing shower head.

    That shower head just made me so darn happy every day when I got in the shower, but I think the extra LED lights were probably more useful SAD wise. I did not realise how much lighting changed my mood until we did this. Anyway, YMMV, looking at lighting at this time of year might be worth considering. 🙂

    As part of NaBloPoMo I try to comment on as many participating blogs as I can, and I add participating blogs to my feed reader.

    So I’m just dropping by to let you know I’ve added your blog to my feedreader, I’m reading you loud and clear, I have a link up going at my place so my readers can find participating blogs which you are more than welcome to add your blog link to.

    Looking forward to seeing your posts, and you’ll likely see me drop by again during November.

    Happy NaBloPoMo to you!


    1. Thank you for the advice! I don’t suffer from SAD particularly, but there is no doubt that my bipolar depression is affected by change. In the fall, I tend to get depressed, but in the spring, I tend to get hypo manic. I just told my husband about the led shower light…I’ll be looking into that right away. I have a sun light, but right now it’s collecting dust because I don’t have anywhere to put it.


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