The losses we have suffered,
the delight and peace we have experienced,
the beauty we have known,
all belong together in a profound way...
When we befriend the twilight side of the heart,
We discover a surer tranquillity
where the darkness and the brightness of our lives dwell together....
We awaken our passion to live
and are no longer afraid of the unknown,
for even the darkest night
has a core of twilight.
We recover within us some of the native integrity
that wild places enjoy outside.
We learn to befriend our complexity
and see the dance of opposition within us
not as a negative or destructive thing
but as an invitation to a creative adventure.
NOTE: This John O'Donohue quotation is from his book, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace (© John O’Donohue. All rights reserved). To learn more about John O'Donohue, be sure to visit his website: www.johnodonohue.com