Finding Beauty in Darkness

Have you ever been in a dark situation where you were able to discover something beautiful?

Finding Beauty in DarknessA week ago today, I lost one of my best friends suddenly and unexpectedly. I knew when I received a phone call from her mother this time last week that it likely wouldn’t be something I wanted to hear, but I was brought to my knees when she told me they had found my friend dead in bed at the age of 40.

She was my rock (-ish. More on that later), the biggest cheerleader for my business success, kind and loving. She could be selfish at times, but just as often she was selfless.

A couple of years ago she suddenly developed epilepsy. They still hadn’t gotten the seizures completely under control, but a year ago this news would have been much less a surprise.

For the first year-and-a-half or so, they had her so medicated that she could barely function. Finally she had found a doctor who took her off much of the medication. She was finally starting to really live again, rather than just exist.

My last conversation with her, she told me “I’m getting my life back.” She was determined. She knew that 90% of the situation was mental. She was taking a stand.

On top of losing one of my very best friends, my life has been turned completely upside down.

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