I saw sunshine tonight, it was 5pm and there was sunshine outside. It was a surprise for two reasons: Sunshine has not been seen very often in the North West of England for some time now; and it means the nights are getting lighter!
The beginning of 2014 has been very hard on my health and each day is a journey up a mountain carrying an elephant on my back. I’ve been keeping my head down and trudging on up that mountain, occasionally looking up to admire my surroundings, like the sunshine at 5pm today.
It made me think of the hope that summer brings and it reminded me not to give up hope. Just because things have been the same for so long, does not mean they will always be. The day follows night, summer follows winter, the weekend follows the week (or vice versa). There is always hope. The dips in our lives mean we will be able to see and appreciate the peaks more fully.
Alexandre Dumas explained it well
“He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.
” Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope.’”
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