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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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music ~love
a l w a y s !


i 'm sure we'll grow ...
but we'll never bloom again...
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Another duo tone beauty
MysticalDreamer Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
As always the pictures you take of these flowers are by far still my favorite ^_^
jyoujo Oct 4, 2012  Student Photographer
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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 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 ?
I just got a black box and I still live!xD
I'll keep smiling no matter what!!!
So thank YOU!;D
jyoujo 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 .
Yes, I will! Thank you so much!。*:★(ī・ω・人・ω・`)。:゜★。
Chrissy17Mouse Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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