The darkest hour is just before the dawn
There is hope, even in the worst of circumstances.
This is one of those improving proverbs that are the stock in trade of the contemporary glut of self-help manuals and talking therapies. The darkest hour has long been used figuratively to mean ‘the lowest ebb’ and there are many such examples of it in print dating from the late 1700s.
The English theologian and historian Thomas Fuller appears to be the first person to commit the notion that ‘the darkest hour is just before the dawn’ to print. His religious travelogue A Pisgah-Sight Of Palestine And The Confines Thereof, 1650, contains this view:
It is always darkest just before the Day dawneth.
The source of the proverb isn’t known. It may be Fuller himself, or he may have been recording a piece of folk wisdom. In 1858, much later than Fuller of course, Samuel Lover attributed the notion to the Irish, in Songs and Ballads:
There is a beautiful saying amongst the Irish peasantry to inspire hope under adverse circumstances:- “Remember,” they say, “that the darkest hour of all. is the hour before day.”
There it is, some history of this statement for you !
It is one which I have always felt to be correct. That there is always light at the end of the tunnel etc. Many is the time that grasping for the light has helped me to get through and deal with a situation.
Recently I have been at risk of losing my home. I have had months of no income as I have been unable to find work. I also have a client who refuses to pay me quite a substantial sum. Through all this there has always been a message that all will work out for the best, that all will be well. That this is the dark before the dawn.
I believe many of us are going through our darkest times at the moment and my heart goes out to all of you in this position.
I don’t wallow in my darkness most days, though some days are really hard. I am being as gentle as I am able to be with myself. I am accepting help from others where it has been offered and am also working with the local community to get back on my feet.
This has been a very humbling time for me and a tough time financially.
I have applied for full time work and been turned away. I am now contacting businesses by phone and email to get work for my own business. If you find yourself in this position and have an idea for a business, get it started, get it out there any way you can.
I will not dwell on the darkness but leave you with this statement –
“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” – Helen Keller
I see that it is for us about stepping up, stepping out into the world and away from the darkness, doing what we may have been reluctant and lacking the confidence to do. Step out of the darkness into the light and love what you do and bring it to the world.
Best wishes and blessings to all of you who are with me at this time to pull through that darkness and emerge bearing light for a bright future.