An Eclipse of Our Soul

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Even in those days in which dark moments eclipse our optimistic thoughts, we can still accept this as a Beautiful Day.

Today I came across a revealing article that shared the following fact:

“After Mother Teresa of Calcutta died, many of her letters came out and their contents shocked many. It turns out that during the whole of her ministry, from the earliest days until her death, she experienced a feeling of alienation from God. She felt like her prayers were unheard… In the end, this pain was relieved when her sense of being alone – in the dark and the cold – suddenly went away, right before she died.”


Although I don’t consider myself a religious person, I take my spirituality seriously. For many of us, religious or not, Mother Teresa has been not only a Saint but a hero.

It makes me sad to think that most of our heroes have struggled throughout their lives and didn’t really get to enjoy a life of happiness and fulfillment.

So where does this leave the rest of us in search of purpose and even greatness – in the form that we see it from our own life perspective?

The self-help bubble is blowing larger and larger with every day. Way too many people feel they have lost direction, life has been moving away from meaning, and loneliness and isolation seem to be the next most spread pandemic of our times after COVID-19 is finally out of our planet. If ever.

With the “great equalizer” still on the rise, the unmistakable feeling that although we are all in this together, the safety and security measures have taken a toll on the lifestyles, and mental health of a large portion of the global population.

As much as I’m used to working from home for the past 5 years, and I’m comfortable with my individuality and long periods of solitude, it has struck me how complex it can be when your freedom and free will is taken away from you. Even if it’s for your own sake.

I believe this is what ultimately makes the difference. When you choose you are free. When others choose for you, you feel trapped. Behind bars.

So how do we go on? Simple. Just by doing exactly that: Keep going on, no matter what. The beauty of chaos and living in a Universe that is nothing but a Wheel of Fortune is that absolutely everything is impermanent. Nothing lasts forever. In fact, nothing really lasts much.

Everything that comes up eventually comes down. When we are on top of the world, we will then find ourselves at the bottom, only to come back up again right afterward. Be it through reinvention, second chances, mind actualization, hitting rock bottom, or any other situation, we have to trust that we can always, ALWAYS, get out of our dark places.

As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Only in the darkness can you see the stars”.

Have a Beautiful Day!

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