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Sometimes, Round Two! Day 5 of 365 – Unexpected Light!

Sometimes Light Shines When We Least Expect It!

Very often in life we find ourselves conditioned to expect the worst. We become so focused on life’s mishaps that our belief system embraces their inevitability. We have a tendency to find our “Fate” wrapped up in the trappings of negativity. Our Destiny lies in the hands of uncaring, unemotional, unattached gods of secularism that crowd out the hope of a benevolent Creator bent on injecting goodness in our lives.

We have leaders in all arenas absorbed by the farce of their perceived importance. We have institutions that claim to work for the benefit of the masses when in reality, only a relative few receive dividends. We hear rumors of war, pestilence, famine and destruction. We feel – even if we don’t believe in such – that we must be on the brink of some Cosmic Armageddon about which we can do nothing. If we are not careful, we abandon hope.

And then . . . from places we least expect . . . Light shines! It always has and always does! If we will but wait a bit longer before giving in to despair, Light shines! Light comes in many forms. It comes with:

  • The infectious laughter of a baby.
  • The soft touch from a loved one.
  • A hug from a friend.
  • An unanticipated gift.
  • Recognition for work well done when you think no one noticed.
  • The positive response we receive from a kind word or deed.
  • An inspirational story about one who has overcome great obstacles.
  • The birth of a revolutionary idea that changes the course of lives.

The point is, no amount of negativity can smother the Light of positivity and possibility! And here is a little secret . . . the more we look for Light, the more we find! It is a matter of focus. Every now and then when life crowds Light to the periphery of our vision, all we have to do is remember that Sometimes Light Shines When We Least Expect It!


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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