"Time is the longest distance between two places." ~Tennessee Williams
When I was growing up, I spent many season at my Grandparent's home. It was a place of comfort, and a place that held some of the most treasured memories of my childhood. Each room echoed of wonder and was a big adventure that filled my days.
As time passed my visits became less frequent with the busyness that life provides as we get older. Growing up has it's rewards and it's losses. Years later after my Grandparents had passed away, I returned once again to that familiar place to my heart. Walking into it's threshold I was amazed at how much different things appeared. What once seemed so big, now looked so much smaller in my eyes. The home was still near and dear to me, but my perception of it's size had completely changed. It was a place that I learned so many lessons about life, love, and wisdom. Grandparents hold a wealth of knowledge and history that they gladly share with those they love. What they had given me was greater than could be measured by this world. My horizons were broadened more within those walls, than any other home that I lived in growing up. What I learned I have carried with me like a suitecase on a journey to other lands. It has always been within my arms, but time has changed my strength to hold it close. Experience has a way of changing how we view the world. The big picture becomes more clear. I think this can be true in so many areas of our lives. The more life we live, the more we fall and get back up, the better we are at dealing with troubles we may face along the way. It is a hopeful journey. One that grows bigger with insight and substance as we move forward. No matter how big problems can seem in our past, there is a future of hope that can make those trials appear smaller. Sometimes being in the midst of the storm can make it hard to see clearly. Once we have the quiet to reflect and look back, we can see with clarity that in the big picture those huge problems were just a small stumbling block along the way. Just something to prepare us not just for today, but for tomorrow as well.
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