And as you stand there
Hands clasped in front of you
Concealing the disobedient pounding of your heart
It dawns on you:
Here we go again.
And while you no longer allow yourself the long, elaborate daydreams in which everything works out perfectly,
You catch yourself thinking: Well, it could happen.
And though you have long since given up making bargains with God,
You find yourself whispering: Please.
And since you have — years ago — quit telling
Anyone anything about anything
The things people say, such as,
“Oh, it will happen for you, I just know it!”
“I have a friend who went through the same thing and then one day, just like magic. . .”
“The minute you stop wanting it, that’s when it will happen.”
So you haven’t told a soul.
Except, after long consideration, your very dearest best friend.
And you know the odds are against you.
You know that life is not a numbers game and
The Lord does, indeed, move in some very mysterious ways and
Haven’t you earned —
And there you stop short.
Because life is also not about earning or deserving,
Life is about mercy and grace.
And it doesn’t matter how hard you’ve tried or how much you’ve
sacrificed or how positive your positive mental attitude has been.
What matters is reality.
And reality says: It’s possible.
So you dwell in possibility.
Between the dark and the daylight.
No longer storming off, slamming doors, and swearing, “Never again.”
No longer crying out in agony because you had been so sure this was It.
No longer elated by another promising sign.
You are here.
You are here now.
Committed to enjoying the ride.
Trusting in the friendliness of the universe.
Awakened to your heart’s desire.
Knowing that there is no such thing as false hope.
All hope is real.
Real. Hope. Now.
It’s all we have.
And who knows?
Perhaps the best really is
Yet to come.