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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hi, St. Peter; It's me, Tiff!

When good is near you, when you have life in yourself, it is not by any known or accustomed way; you shall not discern the foot-prints of any other; you shall not see the face of man; you shall not hear any name;—— the way, the thought, the good, shall be wholly strange and new. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Life!  What a journey, eh?  I have a few battle scars, but I wear them proudly.  This face has laugh lines and a few more wrinkles than before, but they are well-earned.  Hard lessons came early and often, but my heart now understands all.  I've carried the world on my shoulders, so I can easily lighten your load for a moment.   I've looked at life from mountain vistas and traveled to the depths of Hell.  Somewhere I stopped worrying about the destination and started to enjoy the view.  I've lost all hope in the death of a child and praised God at the birth of another.  The hardest forks in the road came from wanting to please but needing to be me.  My deepest regrets were following the paths marked "Should."  It will take me a lifetime to forge a vision of myself, but I will proudly tell St. Peter my name, knowing I didn't live someone else's life instead of my own.  

1 comment:

  1. "Somewhere I stopped worrying about the destination and started to enjoy the view." That has to be one of the best descriptions of being in the now that I've ever heard. Thanks for sharing, Tiffany.