In Any Dark Time

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or untended in the world…. Do not focus there…. We are needed, that is all we can know. — Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

In almost every conversation I hear concern for the world, the climate, and humanity. Ms. Estes tells us to focus on the fact we are needed, and I would add on filling that need. We all have unique skills and talents, ask yourself today where you and your talents are needed, and then concentrate on how you can fill that need.

I know that I can’t solve climate concerns, but I can work on making sure I contribute to the problem as little as possible. I am needed to educate my children and grandchildren who may have the talents or the smarts to make an even bigger contribution. I may be concerned about the tone of our discourse, but I am needed not to contribute to hatred and the shouting that seems to permeate our society. I am also needed to once again to teach those who will listen not to participate in dialogue that is filled with hatred and anger.

Yes, there is much wrong or untended in the world. Our role is to realize we are needed and filling that need.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.


  1. Thanks for this, Webb. I try to resist getting drawn into the drama that is ongoing in our country and our world along a number of themes… especially Trump. I need frequent reminders lie yours today to stay out of the fray and be a positive voice for change and reason. It’s a challenge on some days, so thanks for your post today. tom

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