On this, the darkest day of the year, we know one thing for sure—the light will return, bringing brighter, better days.
This makes it one of my favorite days of the year. I’m grateful for the powerful reminder that no matter how dark it gets, new life is always gestating.
In early November I attended a TED-X conference where each speaker conveyed how the light and darkness of the past inspired him or her to create a new future.
The final speaker, a Hip Hop artist named Xola Malik, rapped about how growing up in the ’hood led him onto a dark path of negativity, misogyny, and substance abuse until a remarkable inner shift illuminated a new way. Now, with profound respect, he honored women for their courage and progress in the fight for full gender equality.
As he looked out into the audience, his gaze deepened.