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

Haiku Horizons - prompt SHORT
Haiku Horizons – prompt 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.


    1. 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”!


  3. I love the message. It’s inspiring. I love the art, though not sure if it is inspiring or unsettling. Or both.


    1. 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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