“There is a LIGHT in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.” Richard Attenborough
I see the truth in you. I see the beauty and all the possibilities. Hidden behind the physical, the barriers or how you define yourself or what you do, I see you. I see the light.
As children we only know ourselves as endlessly possible and we embrace life and people and situations with a complete willingness to learn about ourselves, others and the world. As we grow up we often find ourselves caught in the dilemma of fighting for a vision of ourselves that has dimmed with each passing year and possibly standing alone, never to be understood, or joining everyone else and blending into the woodwork. One is a lonely unknown and the other is a group activity with thousands before us and thousands behind. We might be happy, right? Continue reading
When I was in my early twenties, and speaking at a national forum in Ottawa, an elderly man came up to me afterwards wanting to talk. I turned and reached out my hand to greet him and before I knew it, he had me in a hug. “You are a Saint,” he whispered into my ear. Then he released me and stood back. There were tears in his eyes.
I was deeply embarrassed and assured him I was certainly NOT a Saint. I had made so many mistakes in my life. Newly released from my teenage years, married and mother of 2 children at that point, I was acutely aware of my shortcomings in the “Saint” department. I explained to him that I was certainly NOT a “Saint.” Continue reading
It is not the darkness or the trial that provides the growth in our lives. The darkness often tears down the last of our walls. It breaks us open. Tragedies and trials take us places we would never voluntarily go ourselves and it is then that we are open to the light and healing that comes.
We can fight the darkness. We can deny things happened. We can hold ourselves tighter against the lessons we are meant to learn but it only means the darkness will return and its pressure might be even greater and our breaking apart might needs be even greater. There is no escaping the lessons we are meant to learn. Continue reading