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Stories from the Field
Stories from the Field

Light in Darkness

Painting by a teen girl from our juvenile detention camp program
“This picture represents how I feel in the dark sometimes. But there’s always people and things that shine some light on some occasions. But all I have to do is focus on the light that’s actually there.”

Maya Angelou wrote, “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”

This painting from our juvenile detention camp program shows the power of gratitude to inspire hope and give us strength. It’s not always easy to be thankful when we are struggling. But what we’ve already survived, our goals, and the support we’ve gained from others are just three tools to push us through dark times.

Creativity is the main tool Million Little uses for healing in our programs with various populations who have experienced trauma. For this artist, self-reflection is an important part of her process, and making this piece is the physical product of her looking inward.

Where do you look to in your life when you need strength?

Have you found a way to create your own light?