After Divorce: Darkness Or Light?

2018-01-10T18:10:25+00:00

“I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It’s a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got to hold up for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

Life Is A Gift

I don’t agree with everything George Bernard Shaw believed, but he seemed to grasp the fact that life is an amazing gift on it’s own… regardless of our struggles.

George’s father was an alcoholic who alienated the family to such an extent that none of his children attended his funeral. His mother left the family to pursue a musical career. Yet George, in spite of the troubles and challenges of his own often harsh life, thought it “a splendid torch” of joy that he was going to pass along to the next generation.

Shine Your Light

You and I are passing something along to the next generation as well. After our midlife divorce, our children, our grandchildren, our extended family, our friends, and our larger community will either see life more clearly and brightly because of us, or they will be discouraged and dejected at the unfairness and sordidness of it all.

Let’s choose to shine our light of life. Even after the sadness of our midlife divorce, let’s hold up our torch of hope and joy and love and goodness. We can’t do one thing about any other person’s choices or bad decisions, but we most certainly can “burn as brightly as possible” during our own time on this earth.

It’s the only life we have this side of heaven, so let’s start “glowing in the night for all to see!” You have a chance to encourage those around you like never before. Pass on your own blazing torch!

“You are the world’s light – a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see.” ~ Matthew 5:14 (The Living Bible)

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About the Author:

Suzy developed Midlife Divorce Recovery as a safe refuge for people healing and surviving the overwhelm of divorce. Starting her first RADiCAL support group in 2003 she's been helping women navigate the journey of divorce ever since.

One Comment

  1. Lisa Granger April 10, 2017 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    I had my husband leave me after 29 years . Just walk away and leave a note saying he was sure I was in agreement with the state of our marriage. Huh? I had no idea he left me for a old girlfriend and said he should have always been with her . I can’t get over it I’m broke ,I’m waiting on final . He has never been mean like he is now ,he calls me sorry ass, tells me I’m to blame.

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