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December 30, 2012
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Mar 22, 2008, 2:19:44 PM
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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!!
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