An old Chinese proverb says, "It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."
Have you ever felt engulfed by darkness: the darkness of discouragement, dejection, debt and drear? It would be so easy to give in to the disillusionment that accompanies such difficulties.
It is no wonder that some fall prey to the lure of alcohol and drugs, which only intensifies the despair.
Excepting those who need medical intervention to deal with their disease, the rest of us can at least aid our cause. Even before the darkness dissipates we can choose, as the proverb suggests, to shed a little light on the situation.
We can opt to light a candle: a candle of daring decisions, delight and perhaps dance. Yes, decidedly DANCE! It is not a problem solver but definitely a mood lifter.
So, with that said, "put on your red shoes and dance with me." Your red shoes---not to be confused with your ruby slippers. But then again, some of us may do well to dust off the old rubies and trip the light fantastic. We'll probably realize that the light was in us all along.
Jennifer Lavern is a keen observer of the issues that affect how women view themselves and how they interact with their world.