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Sometimes, Round Two! Day 4 of 365 – The Lingering Darkness!

Sometimes The Darkness Lingers Longer Than We Like!

We all experience Darkness from time-to-time. We all struggle with questions that appear unanswerable. We all come face-to-face with hopelessness. More often than not when these times occur, we work our hardest to extract ourselves from the Darkness that surrounds us.

Why do we work so hard? Because Sometimes The Darkness Lingers Longer Than We Like. Darkness tends to communicate uncertainty, gloom or even evil. We crave light! We seek light! We . . . Thrive on light! As much as we need light, perhaps we need Darkness in equal measure!

The problem? We shrink from it and curse it when it lasts longer than we think it should. Perhaps taking a different approach to Darkness can open doors to insight and understanding. You see Darkness invites and facilitates rest and recovery. Darkness provides cover from sometimes sinister sources of harassment. Darkness carries its own form of light in the stars and moon and therein lies its value and power.

Instead of cringing in the corner, retreating from the Darkness when it comes, why not embrace it? When we embrace the Darkness, we empower ourselves to access the renewal available. We entertain perspectives available only from the “lesser lights” of Darkness. We find refuge in the shade for after all, too much light can damage as much as no light whatsoever.

Sometimes The Darkness Lingers Longer Than We Like and when that happens, we have chances to see ourselves and life from a different perspective.


Mark E. Hundley

Mark Hundley M.Ed.,LPC-S

Mark Hundley M.Ed.,LPC-S

Mark Hundley has worked with children, youth and families since 1971 – devoting 13 years to youth and family ministry; another 10 years to service in public education as a teacher and high school counselor; and the remaining time as a therapist, consultant, speaker and writer.

He earned his B.A. in Sociology from Hardin-Simmons University; his Master’s in Counseling from the University of North Texas; and has pursued doctoral studies in Educational Administration.

Mark is a Life Transition Specialist with a specific expertise in the field of grief. He works with individuals, families and corporate bodies to create and implement strategies for powerful living despite obstacles faced.

He is the author of Awaken to Good Mourning – a personal guide through the journey of grief – available in both print and audio versions. He is a co-founder of the Journey of Hope Grief Support Center in Plano, TX, a non-profit agency that provides free group grief support to children, adolescents and their parents or adult caregivers as they learn to mourn the death or impending death of a loved one.

Mark limits his practice to evening and Saturday appointments; supervision for Licensed Professional Counselor Interns; online counseling; coaching, consulting, speaking and training.

For more information about his coaching, consulting and public speaking services visit

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