|Words and photo by F LoBuono|
Our relationships are no different. Sometimes, it takes a seemingly destructive event like separation to bring us to the realization that, often, eradication of the old is necessary to begin the process of a new, deeper, greater understanding of ourselves and our relationships. The fire that sweeps through us when we end a relationship burns. It is painful. Destruction always is. However, like the forest, the only way to clear a path to new growth is removal of the old. In the beginning, our emotional lives my seem as smoldering and barren as that fire-ravaged forest. But, after the grace of time, new growth rises from the ashes. And it's thicker, healthier, and more lush than what it replaced. Our new roots, forged in fire, are sturdier, and, therefore, more capable of supporting greater overall growth. Miraculously, because of this trial by fire, we are stronger and, therefore, not afraid. The Phoenix will rise!