Sometimes, being in a dark place is like being in a pit. The sides are smooth, the floor is smooth, and you are not tall enough to jump out. Every way out looks impossible!
What often happens, however, when you are in a pit, is that it rains, and you can float or swim to the top. Or, someone friendly and helpful comes along with a rope and pulls you out. Or, even more miraculously, the side of the pit collapses, and you can climb your way out.
The biggest challenge with being in the pit is to have courage, and to have hope. With Hope, you can change what is. When you climb out of the pit, you may have LOVE, and compassion for those that are stuck in other pits.