The Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” He was a very clever man who knew about so many different things that he is sometimes referred to as a “polymath“.

Why not see how much you can find out about Aristotle today? He was alive well over two thousand years ago, but so much of what he said and wrote is still very true for our lives today. He had a wonderful teacher called Plato who is also just as relevant today as he was way back before the Common Era began.

Many philosophers and writers and religious leaders around the world have written and spoken about the importance of focusing on light rather than darkness. It can be hard to do this, especially when you are anxious. Sometimes it feels as though the darkness is winning – your head can feel full of black storm clouds.

Things might seem worrying right now, but try to remember that the sun still rises in the morning and sets in the evening, the planet keeps turning and the seasons roll on. Today is a great time to “focus to see the light” because it is the spring equinox. This means that there will be exactly the same hours of daylight as there will be of darkness. I find that a very soothing thought – the darkness is not winning! From now on the days will get longer as we look towards the summer with warmer weather and happier times ahead.

Whatever you do today, try to spend some time thinking about the light. Get outside if it is safe to do so, look around you at the new green shoots appearing. Stop and listen to the birdsong. And if you see a neighbour, give them a wave and a smile. Take care.


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Nature Month-by-Month – a children’s almanac by Anna Wilson, illustrated by Elly Jahnz is published by Nosy Crow and The National Trust and is available to order online.

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