As we are emerging from two days of almost non-stop rain, I am emerging from my mourning to reach a point of renewed acceptance. This, too, is part of my life: The dark side, the painful side. I am struck, yet again, that when i emerge from these periods of mourning (because this is what those periods are now, i am no longer plagued by flashbacks), i feel like i have gone deeper than the last time and there has been more healing, that my acceptance is reaching further. It feels wonderful!

I am also noticing how grateful i am. To myself for realizing that i needed time to heal – and then making that time. To my friends who provided support by listening, by sharing their own stories, by giving me the space i needed. To the people who reminded me that the dark-side comes paired with light. Thank you to all!

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