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and a new rising by jyoujo and a new rising 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 didn’t have the energy to
deal with all those dark emotions. Eventually, I was just bored with the
dark box and it’s 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
it’s 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. It’s important to keep that box around for a while – 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,
you’ve found the real buried treasure – the true gift that’s hidden in the darkness.

Sophie Hunger - ♫ " Train people - live piano acoustic . "
i've seen this over and over infinity this week .


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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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Dan-Lake Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Just Amazing it blows the mind
LAMA-Art Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope I can reach the bottom of the box I have soon ... I can use some peace in my life these days ....
Mo-Regis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
xxAkatsukiGirl85xx Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
a very good photography ^^
naomicchi-desu Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really beautiful shot!!
I looks so traditional~
I'd totally have it in a frame on my wall :)
just like a window to Japan~
Tami19 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous and so meaningful!!
KuRoUi-MeI Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The story is deep...and so beautiful.
just like your photos. :)
Inprojectscope Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work!
Tindome-Art Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the shot, but it was the text that really made me stop, re-read, think, and push the "Favourite" button.
kumArts Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
so lovly words!! thanks. happy new year!!
Pier7 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Really Beautiful! Great! :wave:
amordragon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I think I've seen this one from you before. Beautiful nonetheless. :heart:
jyoujo Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Photographer
This is an old shot ,
Taken from the only time
I've been there.

Btw , thanks for the song
I am a huge pj fan so,
It's always nice to hear Eddie .
amordragon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's an amazing shot, Yoshi. And you're welcome for the song. It's one of my favorite lyrics, I identify with it. I thought I share. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

-Hermit :rose:
Noxipie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pretty shot of fujisan!
SnailPropulsionLabs Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
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