I will love the light for it shows me the way. Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. ~Og Mandino
It is hard not to be hopeful when you've "seen the light"--when you have learned that the darkest moments illuminate.
I've covered it before on this blog, how we came through the darkness of early diagnosis into the light...Bridget's Light, Alina's Hope...
When Bridget was born and I was in the phase of trying to figure it all out, I was unsure of many things. I felt off-balance, and a little scared. I spent the first 24 hours after Bridget's birth without her. She needed surgery and was taken to another hospital. I don't like thinking about that first day, there was so much sadness.
We are all perfect and imperfect at the same time. Bridget has given us the gift of seeing both our own potential and our own limits, and of seeing people without distinction by side-stepping artificial boundaries which separate and belittle. She's given us a lesson in reverence, in understanding that there is something greater while celebrating the life that is ours.