Wednesday, April 29, 2009
It's as though you are walking through a tunnel; there is light at both ends so you are able to navigate through fairly easily without getting lost....but all of a sudden you are thrown into the shadows by a life-altering event, the death of a loved one, illness, divorce, a self-epiphany of some kind; the shadow is so dark and so large that the light at one end of the tunnel is blocked....you struggle toward the light but it is difficult to see and you stumble, again and again; it hurts, in fact, it really hurts....you cry, get up, keep walking....fall again. And then, a hand appears out of the darkness and reaches out to you; you take it gratefully and start walking again and you realize that the other end of the tunnel is clear and brightness has been restored, you are happy and continue on your journey until the next life-altering event occurs, and the shadow returns....
But one day you realize that the times you've spent in the shadows are the periods of your life you have gained the most from.....learned the most important lessons; reaped the richest personal rewards, and you remind yourself to never again be frightened of the dark, for the darkness holds within it the very brightest light....all you need to do is find it.
Photo by Max Sauco