For my husband, Johnny. Celebrating 11 years together, today!
"THE STORY OF US"
By: Christina Olachia
We can run away from the past and bury it. We can try to hide from our present and close our eyes to the future. We can avoid our emotions trying to rule us and walk away from everything else life offers us. But we cannot walk away from the true heart of who we are...
There is a much deeper truth that binds us, bonding us together. This truth goes far beyond what we see and feel today. This truth is found in the story of who we are, in the story of who we once were and in the story of who we are becoming. In the writing of our story we can bend with the wind, break a few rules, interact with characters that in turn cross us and still turn over new perspectives that we never saw coming. We can move and continue through each chapter of our lives as if we are not concerned with the turbulence lying ahead of us nor the storms pounding down upon us. We press on with our journey though it does not matter how many upsets or uncertainties this story offers us ... for we know we are safe within our love ... within the hands of our maker and in the arms of one another.
There is a calming peace in knowing that we share this life, this story together, knowing that even when we can't see past today, we have tomorrow. Together we are able to hold on to a deeper understanding, knowing that even if we are only granted but a short while here on this earth together, we still have a lifetime to wrap ourselves around the ones who love us unconditionally. We still have time to embrace one another, to love one another for who we are and what we have become together in spite of our differences.
Do we not know deep within our hearts the truth of where we belong? We are who we are, loved completely, wholly, absolutely just as we are here and now. We are safe in spite of the challenges, or the rejections we have found in this lifetime. We are a part of each other, two halves, one heart. It is in this connection that we are made strong, a family, a tapestry woven together by our Creator. Imperfections seen in our eyes, yet in our creators eyes, in the writing of this story we are perfection. Our lives, the story of us, a crafting not to be undone by the work of our own hands, but to remain strong by guiding hands above us is a a gift not to be second guessed.
We may not understand all this life has brought to us, and while some hearts we may lose and some hearts we may win, in the end it is those hearts that we touch that truly hold meaning in our story. It is in the weaving of our lives, the hopes and dreams, the people we are meant to become, together. Are not our lives forged through the lives and loves we have lost and gained? Do they not all pale in comparison to how we let go of the pain we leave behind as we strive to forgive and rebuild?
It's our love, our desire, our hope, our embrace and the life we hold on to that we ultimately create for ourselves. It's the deeper truth that our hearts hold, the never ending story of us, who we are and who we are becoming that makes us one.