“I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.” ― Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark
In this broken world of ours, people are hurting, in need. So much seems to be wrong. Yet, when I look long and hard so much seems to be right. I refuse to allow my perspective to overshadow the good I know and feel. I am not ignoring reality…I am choosing to be at peace with my own life and my place in this world regardless of conditions and beliefs surrounding my inner sanctuary.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the drama of everyday life, even that which doesn’t affect me directly. Am I being apathetic or selfish by refusing to be involved? Perhaps I am. I choose to call it self-preservation.
I have faced times of darkness and witnessed the trials of others. I’ve learned hope resides in the midst of obscurity. When the answers are clear it seems the lessons are of less significance. I don’t focus on the darkness for fear I will miss the stars.
I am drawn to people who sparkle. I don’t mean those decked in jewels and glitter. I’m speaking of those whose reflect an energy of love, those who make you feel good inside. I am a better person simply for their presence in my life. I want to be the same type of person to others.
These days I am attempting to act with highest intention. I am resisting rash choices and learning to react with thoughtfulness. I see the light in which I walk. I experience the love within and around me. I am finding peace. I feel the twinkle of living within my soul.
And always, I reach for the stars no matter how far in the distance they shine.