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almost lovers by jyoujo almost lovers by jyoujo
Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.
Mary Oliver, Thirst

Someone I loved gave it to me. The darkness was actually disillusionment,
disappointment, and despair. The box was full of meanness, lies, and deceit.
The first thing I did with this box was glorify it. I gave it pride of place in
my emotional world. I let it consume my thoughts, my heart, and my
mind. Every so often, when I was feeling at my most vulnerable, I opened
it up and peered into the darkness, where I would wail and cry in despair,
pitying myself for being dealt such a dark and horrible blow.
Time passed, and I found myself opening the dark box less often.

Sometimes, I was just too busy with other things to spend the time I knew the
darkness required. Other times, I simply didnít have the energy to
deal with all those dark emotions. Eventually, I was just bored with the
dark box and itís perpetual whining.

Then came the day that my thoughts drifted toward the darkness, and I
realized the dark box was no longer there. For a few frenzied moments,
my mind searched for it, but I simply could not conjure it up. A deep sigh of
relief welled within me, and I knew the darkness was gone for good. In
itís place was a very quiet sense of understanding. peace, and
forgiveness, a sensation that I had never before known, but one I wanted
very much to store up and treasure.
At one time or another, life will hand each one of us a box full of
darkness. Itís important to keep that box around for a while Ė but not for
too long. Buried deep inside this box is a wealth of insight, compassion, and
self-awareness. When you dig deeply enough to reach this layer,
youíve found the real buried treasure Ė the true gift thatís hidden in the darkness.


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a l w a y s !


i 'm sure we'll grow ...
but we'll never bloom again...
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THEJOHN59 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Love Love Love 
alaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Another duo tone beauty
MysticalDreamer Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
As always the pictures you take of these flowers are by far still my favorite ^_^
jyoujo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Photographer
: )
shirogiku Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
So much thought behind a this beautiful picture! >w<
I'm currently in a situation where I don't know whether I will be given such a box or not...So I have to wait, I guess! While doing that, I'll have a look at your photograph. ^^

I believe it was your birthday yesterday? My best belated wishes for you!!!
jyoujo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Photographer
thank you !
there's no way to avoid the dark box .
unless you don't live . we don't wanna do that .
do we ?
shirogiku Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
I just got a black box and I still live!xD
I'll keep smiling no matter what!!!
So thank YOU!;D
jyoujo Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Photographer
Remember ,the black box is a gift .
No matter how hard you try to think it's a negative thing for now.
Because of all the memories .
Keep it safe . And sometimes visit .
Until one days this urge will be gone .
shirogiku Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Yes, I will! Thank you so much!。*:★(ī・ω・人・ω・`)。:゜★。
Chrissy17Mouse Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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