It's such a creative process. To take the whole of a life and somehow in secrecy (unnoticed in the moment)weave together a tapestry of dark and light...failure and triumph...pain and joy, the things that are the core of our experience, and come out with something beautiful and free. It's a creativity so indescribable it can only be seen as mystical. What's so sad though is we all have been handed a script that often keeps us fighting it all instead of embracing it, which ends up just postponing this life of awe. Maybe that's just an unavoidable part of the mystery also? Human choice seems to make timing a complicated thing.
The pain we all have experienced, those created by the acts of others and those that have come upon us through the choices and acts of our own, differ in degree from person to person. And so, the creative journey out of the damage caused by it all will most certainly look different for each of us also. One of the most important ways we can collaborate in helping one another is allowing the uniqueness to just be what it is. We must allow the experiences of others to speak to them what they are in need of hearing and it be heard in the context of the One who is orchestrating this redemption. We as unique individuals are being invited into the unique creative process that actually birthed the entire cosmos.
"When we decide to explore our lives through creative expression, it is often surprising to discover that the things that almost destroyed us are the very things that want to talk to us. It could be years later; time makes no difference in the inner sanctum of this encounter. The wound has left its imprint. And yet after all this time the dark providence of the suffering wants to somehow illuminate our lives so that we can now discover the unseen gift that it bequeathed. The labour and discipline of creativity refines our blemished seeing, and gradually an unexpected gift comes to light."~~~John O'Donohue