Itâ€™s 4:30 at night and already I have my headlights on as I drive home.Â The sun is nearly gone, and by 6:00, itâ€™s so dark outside that I feel like itâ€™s time for bed.Â The early darkness makes me feel confused and bored and a little disoriented.
Iâ€™ve heard so many people complain about the longer evenings, about how much they hate it.Â And if Iâ€™m honest, I have to admit that Iâ€™m one of them.Â However, the short days are here to stay for the next few months â€“ and there is nothing we can do to change that.Â
So, how can we deal with it?Â How do we find a positive twist to something we canâ€™t control?
As you already know, I give presentations on how to keep a positive attitude in any situation.Â I often refer to â€œflip the switchâ€ and offer suggestions on how to find something good in everything that surrounds us.Â And as I was driving home, I found it!Â I figured out a way to deal with the darkness.
There, surrounding me, around every corner, houses and yards were lit up with beautiful colors.Â There were homes with red and green lights twisting around the fence; I saw a Santaâ€™s face all lit up smiling at me;Â and a snowman family seemed to wave to me as I drove past.
Thatâ€™s when it dawned on me – the early darkness gives me more time to enjoy all these beautiful holiday decorations.Â They light up my route as I drive home and actually make me smile.Â In fact, the lovely deer pictured here greeted me as I pulled into my own driveway.Â What a beautiful sight!
So now, I look forward to the darkness so I can see what new decorations are in my neighborhood.Â This weekend Iâ€™m heading to Zoo Lights.Â And who knows what else?
Take a look around and tell me what festive decorations surround you.Â What are your favorites?Â Which ones make your darkness a little brighter?