some days are just harder than others

Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.
Winston Churchil

(a lone hiker makes his way to the top of a mountain in the Slieve League area of County Donegal / Julie Cook / 2015)

With shoulders slumped and arms hanging limply by her side, a solitary figure stands underneath the shower-head as hot water beats down on weariness washing over sadness…while empty eyes stare blankly at the swirling water disappearing down the drain.

Grateful that no one is there to discern between the water and tears—
her gentle sobs are muffled by the rushing water…
A momentary respite of sanctuary and safety found underneath the running water.

The hour has grown late as she readies for bed,
knowing that yet another respite awaits in the darkness.
The comforting release of laying down ones head is gratefully awaited…
As she longs for a few hours of reprieve from all that is….

Darkness seems to work harder during this time of joyous Light
while changing winds lap hungerliy at the flickering candle.
The captives who mourn in exile’s sorrow, now long to freely rejoice…
While Death hides in the shadows, preparing his miserable path.
Glad tidings now laced with words of caution,
As visiting messengers will soon take flight.

Some days are just harder than others…

When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
Matthew 2:13

10 comments on “some days are just harder than others

  1. David says:

    Not sure whether clicking like is appropriate Julie. Hope you are OK. Praying. Blessings, David

    • Thank you for checking in David—the past two days were just really hard—with the emphasis on really. But my really bad will pale in comparison to others really bad–as none of us are immune to the bad in this world.
      As I think of Mary—at a time when she should have been so joyful, so excited, so relieved—Death hung over that joy, dogging her heels for the next 33 years—none of us are exempt from the trials and tribulations of living in a fallen world—it’s just that some days we feel overcome by it all—yet with the rising of the sun the following day—Hope is born–once again—thank you for checking in—onward and upward I always say…

  2. I have been that woman too. Let it out when you can. Sit with it sometimes because sitting with it may be all you can do. This too will pass. Nada te turbe. Hugs and prayers. You can have my rosary tonight.

    • oh my dear little paddling friend—you must offer those prayers for others in greater need than I—those hurting this week as loved ones have been lost—especially those in our most tragic global terrorism and those parents marking three years after the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre—lots of hurting at a time that is suppose to be full of love and joy—but there is comfort to be offered now as well—and we do so by our examples of compassion—I thank you for your love, hugs and prayers—as I’ve just run a tire or two into the ditch that’s all—I’ll get righted soon enough and back to the middle of the road—it’s just as you say—there are just those days!!
      Playing Adele full blast in the car while sitting in traffic coming home from dealing with the craziness at dads while I belt out “hello” at the top of my lungs so terribly off key—as the other drivers wonder if they should pull over as perhaps a siren is approaching 🙂
      Hugs and love to you in my favorite place on earth—cookie

  3. Oh I think we’ve all been that woman and more often than we can remember. What a touching post my friend. Only you can turn fatigue and sorrow into such a grand piece of writing. You have touched my heart again and read stories that it too has held. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

  4. Lynda says:

    We have all been there where you are at the moment Julie. However, you are not to compare what you are suffering to the suffering of others; your suffering is very real and painful. Know that prayers are with you and most especially the Lord of all life is there by your side and within you!

  5. Reblogged this on Sacred Touches and commented:
    I love this post and it certainly resonates in most of us. Love, Natalie

  6. maskednative says:

    Know that there are better days, especially more after having a lesser one. Blessings to you xx

  7. reocochran says:

    Julie, you have a great talent of describing the weariness of a very, very wearing bad day. This takes talent and I feel bad you had to endure this day which weighed heavy upon you. Take care and hope things are better. Happy new year and good days in the new year with fantastic ones included. 🙂

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