Beyond the A to Z Challenge, well beyond . . . Eternity

Recently two very close and dear friends died. They were both younger than me – by at least 10 years.  I was hit by painful sadness and simultaneously comforted by a belief:

Several years ago I was depressed.  Life was the color of dirty grey.  I was in a fibromyalgia flare and feeling helpless.  I wasn’t suicidal, just weary, really weary, of pushing through the pain and exhaustion. Half jokingly I wrote to my Baha’i friend and mentor something to the effect:  “I’m ready to leave this earthly plane. Beam me up into eternity”

He wrote back four words which rocked me to my core:  “You are in eternity.”

Judy's journal page, mixed media
Looking Beyond, a judy-journal page, mixed media

You see, I had always assumed life here on earth as a human was separate from the “eternal realm”.  I thought that after I died I would then be in eternity.  It was a paradigm shift for me.  It is strangely comforting to know we are all already in eternity – you, me, my friends.

Believing knowing

we are in eternity

life is never short


10 thoughts on “Beyond the A to Z Challenge, well beyond . . . Eternity

  1. Words are so inadequate when we lose someone — I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. ❤

    Thank you for sharing one of your creative pages — creativity soothes the spirit!


  2. Very moving post. I understand what you mean by having had enough – sometimes we just want a break from the stress and misery we’re living through, not wanting to commit suicide or even necessarily to be dead, just wanting a different reality.
    The painting is beautiful. You are an exceptional artist.
    I hope you have plenty of good days where you feel well, but I know fibromyalgia is extremely painful.


    • Shari,
      I particularly like how you said it: “just wanting a different reality” My struggle is always to accept my reality, learn from it and grow and not to always yearn for it to be different. Yet, I do believe what you said is so true and perhaps the hope of a different reality is what keeps us all from not sinking into despair.

      Thank you for the “exceptional”!


    • Chuck,
      Thanks for the “love” comments. (I can never get too much love!). Never thought of the art journal page as inspiring AND unsettling but now that you pointed it out, I think you’re right – it’s both, just like life.


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