Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.” – Mary Oliver – Thirst
How often have you gone through periods in your life when you have felt lost in your darkness, never believing that this could be a gift?
When we are in a crisis, it’s hard to see any upside however, overtime and with some distance, we have a choice to see the situation in a different light. Some lost jobs lead to better jobs, some broken relationships lead to relationships that help us find deep happiness and some challenges lead us to healing.
There was nothing good about losing a son. For many years I sat in darkness not ever imagining there could be healing and light beyond the pain. It takes strength to look for the light, it takes courage to step out and rediscover you can trust again.
In my search to heal, I discovered there is a never-ending supply of love, peace and hope. No one can convince us it is there. Each journey is unique and we all need to follow the path that is right for us. We all have a choice to find our inner strength and see life in a different perspective.
Through difficult times, the path can seem overwhelming and yet, if we are able to find a deeper understanding of life, a deeper sense of who we are and be grateful for all we do have, then it is a gift.
“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small. My judgment called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.” – Kim McMillen