“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that”
- Martin Luther King Jr.
In photography a negative is described as an image in which the lightest areas of the photographed subject become darkest and the darkest areas become lightest.
The true state of the subject is reversed and reality is distorted. Isn’t that a powerful example of what negativity can do and be in our lives? For starters it clearly shows us that a negative is not accurate. A negative is not even a thing! It’s the lack of a thing. What thing? Light.
Light, when present, will eliminate darkness. Much like love, faith, compassion, understanding, abundance and truth eliminate fear, anxiety, hate, conflict, scarcity and the ego. Just like Martin Luther King said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that”. You get the picture! (all the puns intended)
Negativity distorts reality. We can have a negative thought about a person, a belief, or our circumstances and just like on the film strip, the dark becomes highlighted and all that was positive can no longer be seen.
Despite this the image can still be defined. It still has clear boundaries and lines but does not tell the true story. When we catch ourselves in a state of negativity we can use this as a reference point to identify an area our life which can be "developed” (😂) by shining our light, our love, our truth, our compassion, and our abundance.