Perhaps it’s the seasons shifting and dusk arriving earlier that remind me to thank those who have offered the greatest growth. Now is as good a time as any. Better, in fact, since I need to get it done before the sun goes down.
Thank you to those who have generously shown me their dark places, whether they were also able to show me their light or not. I saw it anyway.
Thank you to those who directed their energy my way and lit up the hidden fractures I was unable to see before. I can see them now.
Thank you to all who did things they believed required forgiveness, asked for forgiveness and therefore showed me all the ways I needed to forgive myself.
Thank you to all who never asked for forgiveness and showed me even more clearly all the ways I needed to forgive myself.
Thank you to everyone who withheld their love and taught me that love for myself is the only love that is required.
Thank you to those who have judged, ridiculed, diminished, feared, patronized and ignored me. You make it easier for me to see when I do this to others.
Thank you to the people who behave hurtfully because they are mistreated, overlooked, misunderstood, confused, abused, depleted or sick. You remind me that everyone deserves love and compassion, simply because they are. But you need it more than most.
Thank you to everyone who has emerged from their own darkness, embraced their vulnerability and shared even one small moment of it with me. You have taught me we are all made of beautiful shade and light, and we live in the complex gray areas in between.
Autumn is about fading and shadows, endings, and the loss required for rebirth. It is a path to night and winter’s quiet. That’s why it is beautiful. It offers an opportunity to see and embrace even those parts that are most shaded, knowing they will lead once again to the light.
I am profoundly grateful to those who have shown me, guided me to or walked with me through the darkness.
Have a peaceful autumn.
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