Journal Entry: April 18, 2014
One of my hobbies is taking photos. I used to lug around my heavy Nikon D300 with me everywhere. For the past couple of years, however, basically since I got this wicked case of tendonitis in my right elbow, I have just made due with my handy iPhone. I took the below picture last month as our cruise ship was leaving Miami. It was a gorgeous evening and this is one of the most beautiful skies I have ever seen.
In going through my photos as I loaded them onto my computer this morning, this photo made me think of one of my favorite quotes by author Haruki Murakami. His words can be haunting, and yet magical. Some of them take my breath away.
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through,
how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over.
But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person
who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
On January 11, 2014, I walked into a storm the likes of which I had never experienced before. I know I will come out of this storm one of these days. There will come a day when I will know the storm has passed and I will be strong enough to pick up the pieces of my life and build something new. When the warmth and glow of a sunshine filled day will bring a genuine smile to my face again. When watching my little mini aussie romp around like a baby goat will make me laugh from that deep place inside my gut. When my husband walks in the door and all I feel is a deep love, contentment, and safety. I will feel strong and be stronger and my life will be better than what existed before the storm. I will come out of the storm.