“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” ― Anne Frank:

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”

― Anne Frank

Today I was thinking about Maya Angelou’s quote ~

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

Whether you’re in a place in life where you feel isolated and alone, climbing the corporate ladder, aiming for that particular goal in life or just trying to figure out life and hoping and praying for the best outcome.

Maya Angelou hit the nail on the head with her quote!

Having that “light” inside of us isn’t an accident; it’s our inspiration, our inner guide, which I believe is The Holy Spirit, it might mean something else to you. Whatever your definition is, it is a light that gives hope and with hope comes faith.

Hope and faith are two important attributes when dealing with a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s. You hope you’re doing the right thing and you have faith that you will continue to survive each and every day, month and year. Yes, that light might seem like it’s on a dimmer switch but believe me when I say it will brighten off and on throughout the journey.

Case in point was when I had to move my mother for the very first time from her home into a retirement community. Was I giving her the right advice about selling her home even though I knew she couldn’t live alone any longer? Was the retirement community the proper environment for her? I had hoped it was. She was still high functioning, driving, volunteering and taking woodcarving lessons. I hoped I was making wise and sound decisions to help her. I didn’t really know if I was or not. I was so new to all this Alzheimer’s information. My light was very dim; I felt it was going to be extinguished at any moment.

I kept thinking, “What do I do now? Where do I go? Who do I turn to for help?” My hope was going to be in answering all of these questions. Eventually my faith would carry me through. My little light from within was still flickering.

After several moves in one year, my hope was fulfilled by finding just the right place for my mother to live. She was happy, or as happy as could be expected, and I was relieved. My inner light was getting a little brighter now.

In the beginning I had no idea how challenging life was going to get. So many times I thought I couldn’t make it only to be strengthened by a scripture verse. I would open my Bible and there it was, the perfect scripture for what I was dealing with at the time. God is so good!

We’re never truly alone. Faith is proof.

The next time you feel like the light is dimming inside of you just remember the little song, “This Little Light of Mine”.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCN893hzueQ

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