The Hard Lessons of Life

The Long and Lonely Night

The light can be you

Thomas Plummer
Blue Insights
Published in
2 min readJun 16, 2024

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Alone in the night. No one who will listen. No one who could understand. Isolated, as if you are the only weak person in the world, yet you can’t be human without this misery, without experiencing what it is to be so broken, so damaged, you feel you are the only one. I have sat in a corner on the floor of my room, sunlight finally driving away the darkness, wrapped in a blanket wanting to cry, but too far gone to even bring the tears, knowing this was the longest night of my life. There were moments in that bleak night, during the blackest of hours, I stopped believing the light would ever find me again. I stopped believing in myself. I stopped believing I could get past this pain and rise again… but the light always finds you if you are willing to feel the heat upon your face. When you find someone in pain, remember your longest night. When a friend is suffering, don’t deny you have hidden in that corner too. I know your pain… I have been there… I can help, words only you can offer, words that friend desperately needs to hear. Remember, you are the light in someone else’s life.

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Thomas Plummer
Blue Insights

A simple life dedicated to leaving the world a little better than I found it. Long career in the business of fitness, writer of books, speaker, personal coach.