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Topic: COMMUTE (07/07/16)
TITLE: The Cycle
By Joy Bach
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It seemed like only yesterday that distant light had surrounded her. The knowledge of the abyss in the distance had not prevented love, laughter and music to accompany her as she traveled. But soon, all too soon, the darkness had overtaken her. She had been totally unaware of the depth of the chasm.
As she lay at the bottom, she seemed paralyzed by despair. How could she ever climb out? One day led to the next. Then came the day she felt capable of movement, first her fingers and then her toes. She knew she had to achieve more than that to navigate the needed journey. As the days piled up, her strength grew. She was ready for the attempt.
Foothold by foothold, she crept toward the light. She began to feel its warmth. A sunlit meadow lay before her. With exuberance she flung her arms wide. She had arrived. But not so. The sudden movement triggered a loss of balance and she felt herself sliding. She clutched for something to hold on to. With extreme relief she came to a halt before hitting bottom. The light in the distance still beckoned her.
Again she struggled upward. Experience had taught her what to reach for to move forward. Even though the journey was exhausting, it seemed a little easier this time. Soon the warmth from the light bathed her battered body. As she took the last steps to reach the top, the ground gave way and she felt herself tumbling downward. She maneuvered herself toward a ledge that would stop her free-fall. She was relieved to discover she hadn’t fallen as far this time.
As days turned into weeks, the cycle continued. Despair began to lessen. Bits of love, laughter and music floated around her. She gained strength each time she fell. Her journey grew shorter.
A year passed. The deep dark chasm was relegated to a past memory. The sunlit meadow provided warmth and peace, a place to rest. The cycle had not been broken. For the rest of her life she would be aware of that dark place. But she knew her visits there would be brief. She would choose light rather than darkness.
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