Yes, as we live life, there are many bumps along the road. We may get disappointed. We may get disillusioned. However, we often fail to realize that it was always meant to be that way. That’s life: Imperfect, filled with potholes and unexpected twists and turns. It’s up to us to accept that this is part of the journey, to keep on going and create and appreciate as many wonderful, happy and joyful moments as we can. This beautiful poem captures this well.
“Comes The Dawn”
by Veronica Shorffstall
After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security,
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open,
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,
And learn to build all your roads
On today because tomorrow’s ground
Is too uncertain for plans, and futures have a
Way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn that even sunshine
Burns if you get too much.
So you plant your garden and decorate
Your own soul, instead of waiting
For someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure…
That you really are strong
And you really do have worth
And you learn and learn…
With every good-bye you learn.