aha7: take heart


It hides and sneaks —

Peeks through, teases, invites — and then —

Gradually, or maybe abruptly —

It’s gone.

And —

It’s easy to feel —

Faked out.  Fooled.  Left in the dark.

Angry.  Abandoned.


But this is all illusion. 

The nature of light — I remind myself in this particularly gloomy stretch of June in Minnesota —

Is its faithfulness.

It’s always present.  Always working its miracles.

And yes, we may go to the window with high hopes —

Only to open the drapes to more —


And we may shed painful gallons of tears because we cannot see or touch what we wish with all our might to see and touch.

But if we open the door to mystery — allow mystery to gently move in and sit quietly beside us —

We will eventually see — another way.

In the words of Helen Keller —

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen.  Or even touched.  They must be felt —

“With the heart.”

Take heart.

Where and how do you welcome mystery in your everyday life?  Is there an experience you can recall that challenged you, but ultimately helped you develop new ways to see in the dark?  

ORIGINALLY POSTED JUNE 22, 2011 on everydayahas.com

Author: Julie Ann Stevens

My art flows from the patterns & paths of my lived experience which ⏤ like yours ⏤ are at once deeply personal and entirely universal.

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