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“we never know all the good that a simple smile can do” ~mother theresa
what a difference a year makes. photos taken a year and a day apart:
darker hair, darker lips, bigger smile.
those are not the things that make me grateful to god. “you duped me, oh lord, and i let myself be duped. you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.” ~jeremiah 20:7
we are not creatures of stone, unmoving, unchanging, until the we become dust in the winds of time.
i’m thankful the girl on the right has learned peace. to forgive those who do that ask for forgiveness. to forgive myself, most of all. “if you stay as you are, you will always find someone to hate” ~diary of a country priest.
soft lives, are not the happiest, for it is the depths of sadness and trails that carves out and deepens the capacity for joy and love.
i am not content; i am not wise, or perfect, or abnormally good in any way, but i am at peace with who i have, and am, becoming. i am thankful that i am further along my path than the girl on the left.
and i am proud of both versions of me, who whatever mistakes and trails, have always learned what and how to change. i feel most deeply grateful to god for granting me the grace to reach that point, for only he knows just how undeserving of it i am.
my joy is not of my own, but a loan from god, and it is a most deeply treasured gift.