"I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always where I needed to be."
Today a circle is complete. You see, not quite five years ago my life literally was in shreds. It's reflected, all be it in a somewhat circumspect way, in blog postings from October of 2010. You can link to that content HERE. When I re-read those postings I can tangibly feel the visceral emotions that permeated my life at the time. Back then I could not have imagined where I would be now, which is all the more reason why I've started this posting with a quote from Douglas Adams.
Now I am where I needed to be.
I don't believe that God punishes us in this life, at least not in the way we define "punishment". In fact, I don't think God is in the life micro-management business at all. What I do think happens is that we are presented with a life, we make choices about that life, and each of those choices provides us with opportunities to do good for ourselves and for others, and, well, to do the opposite. The trick, to the extent that this can all be boiled down to a "trick", is to see the positive in our opportunities, even in the darkest of hours.
In some of my darkest hours life provided me with an opportunity. That opportunity was...and is...someone who believes in me, even though at times I struggled to believe in myself. This is someone who helped me re-build a life that, for whatever reason, I didn't feel I was worthy of having and which was so far distant as to be unachievable. It's a life now that we will both share for the rest of our days. And today at 4pm we make it legal and official, husband and wife.
(The Finger Lakes, New York, April 2012)
The circle is now complete.
Thank you Ms Rivers.