Monday, March 5, 2012

When the Light Shines in

Losing is hard.

Maybe you loved someone and lost them.  Maybe you hoped for things and they just never panned out. Maybe the people you admired most turned out to be other people entirely. Maybe...  just maybe things didn't turn out the way you thought they would.

It's an easy thing to get buried by that.  The loss is heavy on your heart, and sometimes it seems like every day is just one more day that you have to get through, and the loss truly is heavy.  I don't mean that as a writer's cliche. Just breathing actually feels difficult.

sun through window
Maybe you know it's idiotic. Maybe you tell yourself that it's foolish to allow yourself to get so affected by things that won't matter all that much in the grand scheme of things.  10 years down the road, you know it won't matter.  But, it matters today.  At least to you, it matters a lot.

But every once in a while, in the midst of the loss and the hurt and the suck, a light shines into the windows of your heart.  The light doesn't change the loss.  But it does illuminate all the other corners of your life and your heart.  The light falls on all the people and blessings you yet have... all those who love you, all those who care about you.  It falls on the gifts you've been given, the talents you possess, and the dreams you have yet to live out.

The light reminds you that while you may have lost one part of one corner, you have a whole great big room of blessings and gifts and people that are just waiting to share in the joys of life with you.  That makes it just a little bit easier to throw off the weight that holds you down and embrace the goodness that life has to offer.


  1. We're lucky if we're in a position to see that light. Some days, I swear, it's all clouds. But thankfully those days a few and far between. :)

  2. This is a beautiful post. Thank you for being so authentic.


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