Vol 1., No.
December 18, 2002 Edition
It was a mild October night, weeks
after the horrific September 11 terrorists
attacks on our nation. With a mix of anticipation
and apprehension, my husband, children and I,
entered the gates of the North Carolina state
fair. The fair lights illuminated the sky as
thousands of fair attendees attempted to escape
into hours of fun and fantasy. While trying to
temporarily remove the overshadowing fear that
more tragedy may be imminent, the excessive
police security constantly reminded us of our
nation's tragic events.
Despite the constant reminders, we
went about as usual, playing games, enjoying the
rides, and consuming loads of food. Before we
knew it, the thrill was gone, our bellies were
full, and our time at this annual event was
concluding. We retraced our previous path,
searching for the exit, while making pit stops
along the way.
All of a sudden, we stepped out of
the illuminating light into darkness. The fair
lights vanished -- though only in a certain area
-- our area. What happened? Could it be another
terrorist attack, or just a coincidence? Glancing
around at fellow fair attendees, I calmly
observed actions and reactions. Amazingly,
hundreds continued walking around in the dark, as
though things were okay, never trying to go
toward the light. Like us, others chose to take
the necessary steps to follow the light -- the
light that would lead us to the exit. Step after
step, we finally reached the light.
This darkness is symbolic of life.
Many of us consciously choose to stay in the dark
areas of our lives with unsatisfying jobs,
meaningless relationships, and unfulfilling
lives. Knowing that the light surrounds us, we
choose to remain in the dark. Only by taking the
necessary steps will we see the light out of our
situations. If we never take the steps, we will
never see the light of fulfillment and purpose.
Today, examine your situation and
then take the necessary steps toward the light.
For there, you will find the life you've
deservingly longed for. Who knows -- the light
may only be one step away.
Copyright © 2002 by Audrina Jones
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