From darkness I Discovered Joy–M.W. Hardwick
I was sleeping wide awake
My mind raced from scene to scene
Confusion reigned and restlessness preclude sleep
I was observing and not acting
I kept asking what is going on am I happy or sad
Flashes of High School friends mixed with family members.
Burdens and fears seem heavy.
Then, a storm hit people scattered and destruction was all around.
I was now in the dream running from the terror of a natural disasater
Voices I heard were cries for help and fear for my well-being
I stopped– do I run or stay.and be of service
The sun peaked through the clouds — the winds were strong and swirling
quivering air; breathe it; taste it
In a flash I felt joyful I can help
In the rumble of a collapsed house I hear a cry
digging –digging–digging at the edge of discovery
My pulse raced and breathing quickened
I had found an infant covered in stones and earthy clay
I reach gently to pick up the babe and brush the dirt from his or her face
Shaking I picked dirt from the mouth and eyes–the infant stopped crying
Was she or he breathing?
Then the joy of a smile
I awoke and life seemed to have changed
I dreamed of a terrible event yet joy and fulfillment won out.
Life truly is service, so I needed to face every day with a better nature
Focused on joy, service and resolution
I am now engaged each day with purpose
Driven by the challenges of life’s bigger questions
Service to others was Joy and joy was my purpose…