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Sometimes the most profoundly lonely moments follow time spent with someone you care about.
Perhaps their sudden absence makes you realize the importance of their presence.
Perhaps it’s the recognition that the world is phenomenally bigger when they’re not around.
Perhaps it’s because you realize the world keeps turning whether you’re with them or not, and you’re not sure that’s a good thing.
All at once, the sound of their voice is missing as silence surrounds you.
At that same instance, the beauty of their face is only in your mind.
Within moments, their touch is a million miles away.
Right about now, the word ‘alone’ takes on new meaning; and the only purpose your tears serve is to create a wealth of snot in your nose and there’s not a tissue to be found.
Allowing your mind to insist they return to you only prolongs the aching feeling in your chest.
Explore what else occupies your heart; there in the shadows, being crushed by the emptiness you’re allowing to overwhelm and smother you. What’s there? Look closer.
Ah yes, a smile returns to your face now. Absence may increase longing, but can’t overpower love.
Now, your heart can return to its normal size, and grow even larger. There’s room for absence. The heart has the capacity to hold so much and never be filled; there’s always room for more. It stretches, you know.
Absence can’t shut you out if you invite it in; welcome it; allow it to teach you all about being present.
Joy wakes up.
Exploring our heart becomes an adventure that pushes fear out completely; or changes the look on its face till it’s no longer a frightening thing.
Dare to look at the very things you’ve been hiding from for so long. No, you don’t have to do it all at once. Baby steps will still accomplish the journey.
“For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.” - 1 John 3:20 (KJV)