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a happy-enough ending

A year or two ago, a friend told me a real-life story that broke my heart.

The story began with one woman she knew saying, “Man, that lady is so lucky!” and the women around her replying, “Say what?! You’d only think that if you didn’t know what she had to endure to be where she is now!”

In this case, “that lady” lost just about everything–everyone–she loved in a single night.

With the terrible space that created, she eventually made room for other people who had suffered greatly.

Now, they fly together, all of them having lost so much … but all of them also having found each other.

It doesn’t make their story happy, but it certainly makes it less lonely and more full of love.

Maybe that, when it comes right down to it, is its own happy-enough ending.

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  1. September 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I was supposed to be meditating when I wrote this, but this came to mind and I started crying. I thought how much everyone suffers, in some way or another, and of all the myriad ways people alternatively hide from suffering and heal. I decided maybe it was better to write this out than keep focusing on my breathing. This was its own kind of compassion meditation and my heart is more open for it.

    • September 25, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      I think writing is often a form of meditation…

      • October 1, 2017 at 8:34 am

        You are so right. That’s when I most enjoy it. I don’t enjoy it when it shifts from being meditation to being something I feel like I have to get done right now. I’m going to try working on stepping away when I feel the shift. There’s so much else to do in my life, the free time should be used for the better!

  2. September 25, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    When I look at people who appear to have everything I think of water birds. On the surface they appear to float effortlessly – and out of sight their little legs are going hell for leather.
    Just the same, I am awed and humbled by people who can rise above personal tragedies and make the world a better place for others.

    • October 1, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Me, too. It absolutely floors me that this woman (together with so many like her) walks through the world with no external indicator whatsoever what she’s gone through. That she has grown into helping others who have suffered to grow is a gift I feel even a couple degrees removed.

  3. October 1, 2017 at 10:55 am

    This is where “ never judge a book by its cover” comes from. We often find ourselves making a snap observation based upon what we see. What we don’t see is the life struggles it took for us to be able to see this. Lots of back end work, tears, mistakes, and accidents happened before that moment. As humans, we fail to remember that more often than we realize.

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