In our dark moments we tend to look for "the light at the end of the tunnel." In doing so, we end up constantly trying to be where we are not, and we miss the opportunity to learn from the darkness itself.
Bowing has two parts: the bowing down in full acceptance of what is, and the coming right up in readiness to do what needs to be done. Each part is incomplete without the other. To realize this non-duality is to open the door for transformation.