British moral philosopher Bernard Williams is quoted with:
” Life is supposed to be a series of peaks and valleys. The secret is to keep the valleys from becoming the Grand Canyon “
I have never seen the Grand Canyon, (note to self – add that to ever growing bucket list) but the pictures I brings to mind something so big and deep that climbing out seems like a near impossibility. For many of us, the lows of life are like that.. a deep gorge without a view of the way out.
I am lucky. My faith in God, my past history, and my “Pollyanna like” optimism gets me doing some of the walking through these valleys with hope and a knowledge that there will be a better day ahead. Turns out my optimism was correct.. and my husband is much improved and going through treatments like a trooper. God does answer our prayers.
I wish that I could always REALLY believe what I know to be true…for there were a lot of times of anger at God, anger at my sick husband, and anger at life as it is. I spent some time in pity and in doubt. I guess that is being ‘human’. And I am certainly that !
So I thank God that He kept us from seeing this as a Grand Canyon type of experience, and kept us looking up, not down into an incredible hole.
So some things that seemed overwhelming now are part of our “Shall we tackle that this weekend ?” conversations. Lake property is almost winterized, “new” windows will soon be in, closet is assembled and some of our plans for our beautiful daughter’s wedding to her high school sweetheart are now starting to come into place.
Thank you to my family and friends for just being there in our valley season.