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What a treacherous ride home last night! Here in the Metro Denver area of Colorado, we were hit with up to 10″ of wet, messy snow. Roads were slippery and traffic was slow and tedious. As I finally reached my destination and breathed a sigh of relief, I had to admit to myself that there is a silver lining ~ the peaceful quality of the quietly falling snow that has landed on the tips of the still-barren trees has brought a sense of serenity and beauty.

I’m reminded of those times in life when things are so rocky that you’d just love to pull off the road and hole up in a motel for the night. You know, those minor inconveniences that leave you frazzled and wondering why you married/had kids/volunteered for something that you have little time for? Or sometimes, it’s a major loss or tragedy that creates a hole in your life that nothing can fill. Regardless of the depth of the situation, navigating this mentally, emotionally and physically can take its toll. Living through the experience can be painful, exasperating, frustrating and sometimes comedic. But when you’ve plowed through the chaos and the mess, you’re left with an opportunity to find some glimmer of peace and hope.

Don’t get me wrong ~ I don’t deny that there is pain and suffering along the way. It is important to take the time and energy necessary to heal and find meaning in whatever situation life throws at you. There is no clock that tells you when you ‘should’ move on. When you’re ready and you can begin to find the meaning that you derive from the situation, you can also find peace that will give you some measure of acceptance