The case for sparkle in a dark world

Oh my God, are you exhausted? I am psychically numb, worn out and, equally, outraged, infuriated and heartbroken with the tone and tenor of our country.

History tells us that there have been dark times like this before. The earth continued on its axis and, as a result, we evolved in consciousness and compassion. That said, this human thing is pretty challenging these days.

The hardest and cruelest part of all of this is the unrelenting divisiveness and vitriol, which are chronically splashed across our respective psyches all day long. How did we get to be in such a critical-mass place where the baser elements with their screaming-spitting fears and the purple-faced hatred bubble to the top? We are surviving-certainly, not thriving – in this toxic soup.

This fevered pitch has hit high C. There is seemingly one crisis after another, one outrageous headline after another, one surreal event after another that is absorbed into some kind of fundamentalist-insane normalcy. Truth has seemingly left the country. It is crazy-making.

We are knee-deep in crisis and experiencing fatigue, call it disaster, compassion or, even, combat fatigue. Let’s not kid ourselves, we are played out.

These current times are very rough on the psyche. It feels like we are paddling upstream in a strong current dodging logs, boulders, desiccated carcasses and all manner of grabby-push-us-down tentacles. This calls for radical self-care. Napping is good; temporarily (at least) unplugging from the news is even better. If we get frazzled and overly tired, we act out ourselves. We lose our equilibrium. It all becomes way too hard and we just sink sink sink down to the bottom of own rabbit hole. It’s important to keep ourselves balanced and work hard to minimize our own angst-driven worries and blood pressure-raising ire.

Clearly, this is why we share so many adorable puppy pictures and feel-good stories on Facebook. We need to see the babies and puppies and the kittens and the good-hearted human beings saving the vulnerable and forgotten. Not only does it make us feel better; these feel-good stories are reminders about the best part of ourselves. They give us hope and possibility. They lighten our emotional heaviness.

And that is the magic and power of light. Sparkle is a reflection of our inner light. It’s the light that shines from our eyes when we are filled with love, kindness and generosity. Light speaks to our congruence and resonance with our Best Self. Light ignites our moments – often spontaneous — of courage and compassion, the twin flames of the heart. Light is filled with laughter, joy, love, connection, service, caring and creativity.

Light is a transpersonal expression of our soul. Light is an animating force. We can use our light to cope with and, even, combat the dark-hearted energies. Acting from our light-filled selves feels good. And it categorically makes a difference. Where there is more light, it follows that there will be less darkness. And as many through history have taught us, fighting the good fight can be challenging, to say the least. To those who hold goodness and decency near and dear, it is not a choice, but simply the right things to do, one heart to another heart, one basket of light to another basket.

And curiously, I’ve noticed that there is an abundance of 3-D sparkle in our world today. For example, as I do a quick dash through the grocery story, I notice a little girl in pale-blue sequined skirt (along with her tee shirt and sneakers) helping her mom pick out broccoli. In a shoe store, I see casual shoes covered in a cascade of light-reflecting rhinestones. It seems to me that everywhere I turn there is sparkle twinkling from everyday places. These glittery symbols suggest to me that on a subconscious level we are very much aware that we need more light and soul-filling sparkle in our lives. It’s too tough otherwise.

In short,


Avoid personal rabbit holes.


Be sparkly (your Best Self).

Wear sparkles (to remind you to be sparkly).

Let your light shine.

Be a person of integrity and goodness.

Feed your soul.

Remain steadfast.

Nap some more.


Onward, you light-filled being, you. You are making more of a difference than you will ever know. And, I am forever grateful.





8 Responses to The case for sparkle in a dark world

  1. Adele Ryan McDowell October 30, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

    You make me smile! Even make slime sparkle…now there is an image. The little girl sounds like quite a personality. These new young children often understand on a soul level more than we do. xx

  2. Adele Ryan McDowell October 30, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    Thank you so much, dear Karen. Indeed, we will sparkle on. Much love.

  3. Adele Ryan McDowell October 30, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

    Persistence and patience and fortitude and humor and smarts and cooperation are all key. It is one upside down world. We are being shaken, rattled and rolled into a higher state, but getting there is more arduous and challenging than imagined. xx

  4. Adele Ryan McDowell October 30, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

    Thank you, dear Rebecca. Had some internet probs so just getting to these wonderful comments. I so appreciate your words and, of course, your heart.

  5. Rebecca October 27, 2018 at 7:12 am #

    I sent a lengthy reply but somehow it did not post so I’ll jist say, thank you, for again and again, choosing ???Sparkle???….over those energies which impoverish love and good for all. Much of the world seeks power over love.

  6. Rebecca October 27, 2018 at 12:11 am #

    It would be lovely to discuss sparkle and light and “the Possiblw Human” with you.

    As I read your thoughts ( and thank you for your efforts to keep out faces toward the sun) I was reviewing who my sparkling role models have been and many of them were crucified, assasinated, etc. I come from a group of people who’s ancient story is of martyrdom. And then Jesus (died so that we might have eternal life) Jesus, who taught great love…died at the hands of hate, ascended into heaven, never to be seen again (unless in dreams or spirit).

    Who are the good guys that have survived. And thrived? My heritage is also pascifism. This means we negotiate, talk, approach with olive leaf. How can we, use these models to deal with the lunatics in power today.

    So, I’m looking for effective peaceful sparkly heroines and heros who’s magical power is to not die, not be crucified, tortured, etc….but thrive, melt the evil around us. Somehow. Love ❤️. Peace. Persistence.

  7. Karen October 25, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

    Hi Adele! Thank you for this perfectly timed post and for reminding us to shine through the dark times. Sparkle on! ?

  8. Naama Yehuda October 25, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

    I love you.
    Also, there was a little girl in sparkly sneakers here earlier (and sparkly backpack, and sparkly jacket, and just to not be outdone, some sparkles in her ponytail tie). Then, of course, there are the sparkles another girl brought to show me – bought from her “own money” (given to her by her mama five minutes earlier) to make some slime. I said no thank you to the slime (the texture ain’t my favorite) but I did smile at the little bottle of colorful sparkles waiting to make … well … even slime sparkle.
    Love and light to you,