We were born into light, of light, with light inside us. Love is our natural state, it is where all of us come from and search to return to, but the darkness often grows more present until the only light we have is enough to take one more step.
Love is the opposite of fear and just like Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter, one can not live while the other survives. Love must drive out fear if it is to live.
But like the fictional Horcruxes in Harry Potter, fear will do all in its power to win: through bad negative self-talk, by telling you that your family doesn't love you and your friends don't care. Fear will tell you that you're better off alone because no one can ever really love you anyway. It'll create a dark filter on your view of the world, holding you back and keeping you in the dark.
The darkness creeps into all the lit places, the small places, the areas of your life you thought you protected, making you devalue yourself little by little. It approaches like a slow-moving storm, black and thick, spreading out over your life. You develop a low self-esteem, maybe even blaming your parents. You stop trying new things because you already know the outcome, and it won't be good, so why bother?
You become defensive, assume the worst, hate change, and just want to be left alone. Just you. In the darkness. With the small light that you're saving up just for yourself. "But it's dark out there," you tell me, and I hear you- it is dark out there.
You are the Horcrux that Fear never intended to make, and it's only you that can fight that darkness.
If your path through forbidden forgiveness should be dark up ahead, remember it's you that carries the light that wipes away the darkness.
The more you love yourself the brighter you'll become, the brighter everything around you becomes, and you not only give light to yourself but everyone you touch.
Love drives out fear and love begets love.
Love is what wins over the darkness.
Linda Lavender writes articles to help folks with Auto Immune Disease, Depression, Anxiety and other health related illnesses.