A Key Source of Light

“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” -Rumi

We all get wounded in many ways. It is part of the experience of life. But in exchange for the the pain we are offered several huge gifts that we can choose to accept or ignore, including: Empathy, compassion, understanding, kindness, strength, patience, persistence, wisdom, and an opportunity to see what we are made of.

Amazingly, even when I chose to ignore the gifts during my darkest hours, they always remained within reach. I’m a slow-learner in the School of Life and sometimes it took many years for me to receive and appreciate the many wonderful gifts that had been laid before me so many years before. But I do eventually learn at least some of the lessons.

While I can’t say that I’ve enjoyed the pain, I’m grateful for all I’ve gained as a result of it.


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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2 Responses to A Key Source of Light

  1. Gina's Professions for PEACE says:

    Ok now you’re just trying to make me cry đŸ˜‰ (kidding!) These words of yours and that quote by Rumi are incredible. Reminds of Marianne Williamson saying (in her semi-sarcastic way) about rough times: that when our head’s crack open is when God walks in. Hugs, Gina

  2. russtowne says:

    Thank you, Gina. When I read: “when our head’s crack open is when God walks in” the phrase that came to my twisted mind to finish the sentence was:

    …when our head’s crack open is when God walks in with a big roll of Duct Tape.

    Speaking of twisted on a wall in our kitchen is an antique metal sign which reads:

    “Town Talk Bread
    It’s Twisted”

    Naturally we added an “E” to the word “Town”

    Russ Towne

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