Friday, July 3, 2009
OK, I know the whole "light at the end of the tunnel" is so overused as to have lost its meaning entirely. But what else can I use? Silver lining? Blah! Making lemonade out of lemons? Too kitchy greeting card. I don't know. The point is, hope dwells in that moment of darkest considerations. As my blog title suggests, the "darkest nights" or "dark night of the soul."
Whatever trite poetic contrivance you want to use, the truth is this...sometimes we must walk through hell to get to heaven. (I speak metaphorically for those literal minded folks.) It reminds me of a country song (yes, I listen to country...no, don't delete my blog from your favorites because of it...) "If you're going through hell, keep on going, don't give up, keep on moving, you might get through before the devil even knows your there."
Again, I'm speaking in metaphors. No real devils in my life that I know of. (Though some come mighty close at time :) But certainly some darkness, some pain, some difficult roads to navigate blindly.
Fortunately, I have friends, support, a village. I have guides to help through that darkness. People who have walked my walk and can see more clearly.
I live a very blessed life in a wonderful place. I'm surrounded by people, businesses, shops and practitioners who care about their town and the people in it.
This month I want to dedicate my blog to those souls who create community by their work, their love, their contributions to life. I'll be highlighting people, farms, shops, and healers, all with intent of not only honoring what they give to the world with their gift, and with the intent to further support my own community, but also to give all you in the ethers some ideas of how to build or utilize your own community. They are my light at the end of all those dark paths in life. They are the silver lining.
These blogs are not just for those who live in Lake County, but for those everywhere who care about our environment, our health, our families, our homes and our villages. I hope you enjoy these profiles. And I hope you carry them to your corner of the world and make a difference there. After all, we also live in a global village, connected by Internet, planes and phones. By technology of all kinds. We are all connected, and your village is my village, even if it spans the oceans.
Let's not forget that property lines, state lines and countries are arbitrary markings that mean very little in Reality. We are all one people, and we all affect each other in a million invisible ways. It's my hope that this month I can make a small part of that visible.
Thank you. I look forward to hearing from all of you!