I began writing this message for Reclaiming Hope, the private Facebook group for grieving parents.
I pressed the “publish” button and moved on to read the posts in my news feed.
So much sadness.
So much disappointment.
Enough to send me back to my Facebook Group to press the “copy” button.
This message is for all of us who feel a bit disillusioned with life.
These days, no one seems exempt.
Please be encouraged to discover the truth in the valley.
Thinking of you today my Reclaiming Hope friends!
As I was walking Saffron this morning, we decided to stray off the sidewalk and venture down a path I’d seen only kids take. Once I got out there I understood why.
It was a STEEP path!
I’ve got to be honest, there’s part of it best described as falling rather than hiking along the side of the canyon but SO worth the adventure.
I saw gorgeous foliage; some I’d never seen before.
At the top of the hill were huge Purple Statice plants standing proudly in the sun.
Further down the path, I discovered some glorious trumpet-shaped flowers I’ve yet to identify and near the bottom were squash vines with beautiful golden blossoms, all raising their faces to the glistening morning sunlight.
Stepping onto the base of the path, I realized it had taken us to the mouth of a lovely stream.
The trees along the water were huge; with a massive canopy which felt almost protective as it welcomed us into this quiet, peaceful, sheltered space.
It was then I recognized how the pain of loss is much the same.
We often resist the invitation into the valley. In fact, we typically go skidding down there on our back side; a perfect embodiment of the term “kicking and screaming”.
But once our tantrum has passed we can discover the calm and quiet.
The very nature of the valley itself.
Sometimes it requires we reach complete exhaustion of self before we can find this peaceful valley.
At times our bodies take charge, demanding our attention by nearly giving out in some way.
Other times our minds take the reins and seizing our awareness, finds a break in the armor, driving us to our knees.
To the valley.
Regardless of how we get here, the intention is always the same.
Discover our true nature.
Discover a beauty never before imagined.
Beauty you may not even be able to identify or articulate; but no less transformative.
Going deep into that place of our Infinite Being we discover our Truth. Our Highest Self.
There we discover our deepest strength.
Not by doing. Not by “putting on a show”. Not by behaving in a way we believe we “should”.
Christ said His strength is made perfect in weakness.
When we are weak we are truly strong.
May you find encouragement today to travel into the valley.
There you will meet the TRUE you.
Stronger than you ever realized.
More powerful than you could have ever know.
Waiting with gifts never before imagined.
Wishing you a peaceful trek into the valley of Your Personal Healing Journey dear friend.