A client said it. They say it before I see it, usually. She said,”It’s like I just peeked around the corner… I just got a glimps that I’m getting better.”
She happened to be talking about the fog and darkness of her depression lifting, and she just got a peak of what “the good life,” will be like.
Have you peaked around your corner? Have you got a glimps yet? Maybe you know that you’re not there yet. Maybe you know you’ve got a long way to go, but the small peak around the corner sure helps you to know you are headed in the right direction.
Maybe it’s seeing the light brimming in your child’s eye when he tells you how he stood up for a kid at school today. Funny thing was, you and he were hashing it out the night before over homework. You wondered if he’d ever turn into a responsible young man.
Maybe it’s climbing that hill without all the heavy breathing, when a month ago you could barely climb it without stopping.
Or maybe it’s that you and your husband’s fights don’t turn into screaming matches any more. Now you actually resolve a few more things than you used to.
Turning a corner is a grace on the journey, a break in the rain, a fresh start. It’s a reminder that you’re still on track. We are so eager for instant gratification that we miss these small peeks. We want the change in our kids and our bodies and our spouses to happen now! The waiting is brutal. The hard work of perseverance is… hard. Hanging onto the faith that…. just around the corner….. it’s going to be better…. I just know it…
The glimmers and peeks into the “good life” are a foretaste of the divine. Your “good life” looks different than mine- it’s unique and special to you. Whatever it is, your good life will not be complete this side of glory. But the peeks can anchor us firmly to the hope of what will be.
The closing of the Serenity Prayer says it best: