Okay, Gray, I See the Love

Sony World Photography Awards 2012 overall winner Mitch DobrownerI am so grateful to be writing today: It’s been a long time and I’ve missed this space so much; sharing stories and thoughts.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the gray areas of life–how the grayness has been a big part of my life lately, due to my health–and how we all inevitably experience this throughout our lives.

“What’s this gray?” you say.

A surprise life has handed you that has no clear cut answer: An unexpected health crisis; a fractured friendship; loss of a job; a dismantled marriage; perhaps a loss of faith. Whatever the circumstances may be, it’s not black and it’s not white–spliced right in the middle between the two colors–with no direct path or perhaps a few paths as your options to get to a “safer” place.

Here’s the kicker: I don’t think a “safer” place really exists.

I think it may in our mind, but the constructs we build to hold things together are no guarantees. When we review our lives it really does seems like there are more gray situations than not. And what’s most surprising is that the gray scenarios of our lives often provide the biggest opportunities for emotional and spiritual growth. Even more importantly, if we open ourselves up to them, we see that Love is smack dab in the middle of it all. For me, that Love is God–God that transcends gender, form and stature–the Divine Spirit. And when my heart is present and free, I see that in the moments we least expect, God is there. Holding us up. Backing us up. Leading us forward. It’s Love, baby.

As I celebrate 46 years on this earth, I give thanks for the Love that supports me and supports us all. I also give thanks for those glimpses of trust that come to me when I know no matter what color the day is, it’s gonna be okay.


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