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wishes and whispers by jyoujo wishes and whispers by jyoujo
" someone i loved once gave me a box full of darkness .
i took me years to understand that, this too, was a gift ."
- Mary Oliver . (Thirst)

I was once given a box full of darkness. Someone I loved gave it to me, too. 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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but we'll never bloom again...
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BAK123 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student
i love the pic, an the quote i believe is the bitter sweet truth of life :)
Camel51 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the poem so much. Or is it a short story? Idk but lovely picture
Kaloszek Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Photographer
So Sakura starts to blossom :) beautiful... It's so far but I will fly to Japan some day and see everything :)
Amazing photos :)
keruji Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
best of the best picture...arigatouuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
Scorpion31 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Antriade Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
amazing <3
Dabug123 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is lovely (:
MaryLouise-x Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Aww such a pretty picture :)
signofAdream Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist
it's very beautiful..
MoiChromatic Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Beautiful photograph and lovely excerpt~!
Alone-Antonio Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
Dear Master!
I love your photos. They are beautiful. I have one question. Which you have kind of camera? Which model? What you suggest for me? For example, Nicon, Olimpus, Canon and other. Which characteristic?
I think, this is not secret information.
Sorry, bed my English.
AsianWinter Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Camera data is listed at the lower right side of the page.
onyxkreed Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
those words strike a cord with me. beautiful shot.
zZToraZz Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
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