Where there is Hope
As the sun set behind the Huachuca Mountains trailing edge, providing an ebbing light on the mountains flanks, October's last full moon, a lone traveler in a cloud infused landscape, rose in the opposite sky. Alone on the summit, I watched that grand satellite lift through the clouds to illuminate the valley below. In the vast expanse of the valley plain before me, somewhere, stood my southern Arizona high desert home. An indistinguishable dot on the horizon, it is where my soul finds shelter in the company of my true love and partner.
But here, on the precipice of the mountain ledge, gazing out on the expansive wonder of our creator's artistry, I realize that it is in the freedom to witness where my soul finds the solace it needs to heal. It is here that I am reminded that all trial is transitional, that all heartache, fleeting. I have only to hang on and know that I am loved, and this too shall pass. On the other side of it will be happiness, joy, love, caring, and friendships that will enrich us all.
Know this. I have been there. I have teetered on the knife-edge decision of leaving this life or staying. I have endured the unfathomable pain of helplessness and loss of hope that depression brings. I have sat in the ever-present shadow of darkness where the light of tomorrow could not shine through. This all happened before I had faith to carry me. My soul was alone! How I survived, how I did not go through with my plans, is a story that is beyond my knowing. But I did. And life got better.
For those out there suffering, please know, in your heart, that you are loved. You matter. The spark of your life feeds the flame of joy in all those around you. Whether you see it or not, you make a difference to us all. I implore you, hang on. Talk to people. Let them inside your walls. Share your pain. This time of darkness will pass, and you will be ok.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Where there is Hope
Keywords: Arizona, Blue Moon, High Desert, Hope, landscapes, Nature, Southern Arizona, Suicide Prevention
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