I remember one time this guy (who had spent his whole professional and academic life studying religion) was asked if there was a unifying truth under it all and he replied, "everyone just wants to be forgiven."
This didn't make a whole lot of sense to me at the time. Up until then, I had led a life rather sheltered from tragedy and pain (other than, you know, all of my headcase wonder), so the concept of forgiveness-- including forgiving oneself, was simply alien to me. I didn't get it.
Now, alas, I do.
To be human is to make one mistake after another-- and, more often than not, these errors of judgment, of timing, of ignorance end up causing pain or suffering to another. There's really no way around it. This is one aspect of being human.
And, it sucks.
Thank god for love, right?
Love and compassion (and people who can make us laugh)-- that's what gets us through. Helps us to forgive one another and to forgive ourselves for all the ways in which we fail, for all the ways in which we fall short, in all the ways in which we are not perfect.
So, here's my wish for you.
May there be more love, more light, more forgiveness all around you.
May you know peace. May it fill your heart.
P.S. There is no snow here (yet). That last photo was taken a couple of winters ago-- all the rest of the shots were snapped driving home Friday afternoon.