Today, I remember this quote:
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars – The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino
There comes a point in someone’s life when he/she will have to endure adversities and darkness. It is when things start to become uncertain. It is when one is forced to make one bold decision. It is when a Yes or a No will determine the course of your future. It is when darkness reveals its glory. And when full darkness sets in, that’s when stars will appear, that’s when you’ll start to take notice.
Today, I have seen, I have taken notice, I have encountered, I have talked and actually touched and hugged some of the finest stars around. Just in case it would seem difficult to recognise or find these stars – remember that they actually have names! Sometimes they are called opportunities, at times they are called life’s lessons but most often than not, these stars are simply called family and friends.
So, next time you feel like darkness is setting in – hold your breath, wait in anticipation – for precious stars will reveal themselves to you! And when you find them, make sure you keep them!
The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino is one of my favourite books of all time. I read it when I was in 3rd year high school. I read it over and over again until I had the money to buy his next book, and the next, and the next. I admired him so much that I actually wrote him a letter and mailed it to the company that published his books (No internet access or email address during that time! Ei, don’t count, I’m not that old!). I wasn’t really expecting to receive a response from him. But few weeks later, I received a mail from who else but the man himself.