Seeing Stars

Mirth by Feinberg

My friend Liza recently asked me how I’m doing. We haven’t talked in several weeks, and so she wasn’t just looking for a one-word answer. She was looking for an update. My answer went something like this:

I’m doing really well. I’ve had two deaths in my family so far this year. I’ve currently got two family members in the hospital. And one of my best friends has been diagnosed with stage four cancer. But I’m doing really well!

I looked back at my answer and thought, “She’s going to think I’m being sarcastic. Or that I’ve lost my mind.” But no, the truth is that even though there are some really heavy things going on in my life, I’m not doing too badly. As I told Liza, I’ve been given some new coping mechanisms, and now, I’m getting lots of opportunities to practice them. (I’m laughing as I write because it’s true.)

When I moved to Portland, I had to learn to live with a lot more rain than I’d had to live with before. But I learned within just a few months that even though Portland has more rain, it also has more rainbows. And the more trials I face, the more I learn to appreciate the beauty in them.

In this week’s chapter of Fight Back With Joy, Margaret Feinberg says, “Mirth has a magical way of poking holes in the darkness until we see stars.”

And just because the timing seems right, I’d like to say THANK YOU to some of you who have brought mirth into my darkness to help me see the stars. I’m so blessed.


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  1. Barbara Capps says:

    Glad you have connected with good friends out there. But don’t forget us back here too..Love you child….:P

  2. Keviana Elliot says:

    Lovely thought. Needed to hear this tonight. Thank you.

  3. Sarah Salter says:

    Barbara, do you think it’s even in the realm of possibility that I could ever forget you? And Pru? And Cecille? Really? 😛

  4. Sarah Salter says:

    Remember, Princess Kevi — you’re loved and you never fight alone!

  5. I could make similar sarcastic-sounding statements, but like you, it’s not. God’s doing a work and I’m pretty amazed by it. Now I’m just praying to hold onto these lessons. I tend to forget and need to relearn. 🙂 Thanks Sarah.

  6. Yes, Sarah! I love that you are finding more rainbows.

  7. So full of hope, this makes me happy. Love & hugs to you, dear Friend!

  8. Sarah Salter says:

    I love you and miss you, Alyssa! I’ll see you when I get home from my trip. <3

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