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Dancing In the Rain

Beneath the Keeler Memorial Reflecting Telescope at the Allegheny Observatory in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania there is a plaque inscribed with these words written by Sarah Williams: "I have loved the starts too fondly to be fearful of the night.”

Fears are a part of life. Worry about the circumstances we are facing in life can definitely lead to very real fears. Will I have good health? Will my children be OK? Will I have enough money to make it in retirement?

The questions, and the things one might worry about, are endless. Each person bears his or her own set of questions, worries, and real live fears. And too much fearfulness can cripple us and suck the joy out of a well-lived life.

So how do we manage our very real fears about our lives so that the fear stays in perspective? How do we continue to love the sparking of the night stars without being afraid of the darkness? More to the point might be questions like these:

How do I enjoy my child’s graduation and her launch into the future without fearing the times she could face a dangerous obstacle?

How do I enter into this relationship without fearing that I will get hurt?

You can add your own questions, questions about the things that you fear the most in life. Each of us will have a different set, but every one of our questions will be filled with fearful dread about life's possible turns.

How do we learn to genuinely enjoy life, a life that is often marked by rough spots in the road and obstacles to overcome? It is true that life brings tragedy at one time or another to all of us. No one goes through life unscathed by pain. There are dark nights of the soul. There are times when we cannot see a clear and friendly path ahead of us. There are storms caused by life’s losses.

That is the reality for every person. But there is an alternate reality, too. The goodness of life is directly related to how we chose to view the things that happen to us. The goodness of life depends upon our ability to move through the painful times knowing that better days are always ahead. We can add some trite phrases right about now like “there is a rainbow after the rain” or “every cloud has a silver lining.” But we all know those phrases all too well. The trick is to encourage and empower ourselves to see the good in each day, during the good times and when life seems to fall apart.

We really have “loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” We really can enjoy the bright spots of our lives even in the darkness. It’s a matter of our will, our outlook, how we decide to view life and the circumstances that come our way.

At the risk of offering you yet another trite phrase about life, I want to leave you with this: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”


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