Shine On

Do you think it possible that some people are born to give more love than they will ever get back in return?    Tyler Knott Gregson

Years ago I worked with a young woman who had endured an unspeakable tragedy. She had suffered a sudden multiple loss that turned her world upside down in a way that truly left those around her (myself included) without words. Despite all odds, she was able to piece her life back together and she created a new life full of hope and meaning.

She moved away and we did not keep in touch, but knowing that her life had been blessed with a new beginning was a happy truth that stayed in my heart all these years.

A few weeks ago I ran into her dad… before I could even get the word ‘hello’ out of my mouth, his facial expression told me everything. His voice was a whisper as he shared with me the horrible truth that once again, sudden loss had moved through this beautiful young woman’s life and left her fractured in a way that was unimaginable.

I walked away truly shaken. I DO believe that we live in a benevolent universe and that everything that happens to us, no matter how difficult, is somehow for our betterment and the greater good. But I had to wonder, do accidents happen? Does the universe screw up? Is there sometimes a little rip in the fabric of the cosmos that lets something happen that was never supposed to happen?

Of course I don’t know the answers to those questions, but I do have a working answer to the question asked in today’s quote ‘Do you think it possible that some people are born to give more love than they will ever get back?’

I do think it’s possible, and for those who walk these kinds of paths…. I have to believe that they are not being punished, but that they are being honored…

Honored with experiences that grow their souls in ways that nothing else can.

If I had to sum up my thoughts in one succint little phrase, this is it:

That which shatters the human, spit-shines the soul.

Shine on, beautiful lady. Shine on.