The following was written by someone I greatly admire. I thought you might benefit from it too. I did take some sentences out of the original text, but left in all that would be relevant to any life experience. I hope you will glean at least a sentence or two from the following to apply to your life. Below is truth. Below is beauty. Bask in its sunlight.
Seek beauty in all things. To embrace love, you must see what is beautiful. It has in it your deepest thoughts and feelings, dried tears, smudges, corrections, sketches and the like – verses and paintings of love and pain. This is life. Never throw out your memories but instead turn the ugly ones back into what God intended them to be.
Maura, always ask God to receive what is painful and to supply you with what is beautiful and peaceful. You will never be able to replace and exchange yourself, your body, your experiences or memories for anything else. God made you and will make every thing that you and others do into something good and beautiful. Keep your book, treasure it and envision its old and tattered state over time – a personal guide of your journey and your personal attempt to turn all things that He has given to you into a treasure. Let God turn things to dust as He will do with all things (and from which he created all things). God is God and we are not.