Hope - Week twenty-five

December 18, 2016

"Once you choose hope, anything's possible" 

Week twenty-five (December 11- December 17)

Holding onto hope, an invisible string I gather which guides me through the tangled pieces. Hope is the superhero cape of anticipation and a belief in the future tethered with the gratitude of now. With this combination, my faith matures providing the courage to hold on to all that is before me while recognizing the harmony of their influence.

For years I compared everything and everyone. Where children were all accounted for and parents lived longer. The road that appeared light for others crippled me with anger, resentment, and pity, and the heavy burden of grief.

Observing any complaints where lives appeared so full immersed me into comparison until finally, I recognized the pattern I had created, where this mask of similarity determined the lack of understanding in my despair while also exposing the absence I carried with others.

Captive in the venom of grief I knew I must lift the veil and begin the walk towards compassion, everything stung, each milestone others hastily reached unaware of its promise wrapped my heart in more pain. Complaints corroded joy and moving towards hope was my only salvation, deprivation had obscured my view and heartache devoured my gratitude.

Until finally discovering joy which illuminated the direction to gratitude and provided the focus on what remains. Discovering compassion exposed the battles we each face, a slow journey requiring patience to uncover the gift of memories and the treasures revealed along the way.

 From the list...

Week 25: Education

One of my father's favorite sayings was "There is no such thing as too much education." And here I am still engaged in learning as I actively seek new adventures and growth with the opportunity to learn more by challenging myself in areas where excavation is required.

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