I came across Glennon Doyle Melton recently on a TED talk.  I was absolutely in “wow” of her.  She is so powerfully authentic! She coined a term that I just can’t get out of my head because it is sooo brilliant.  BRUTIFUL.  Meaning that life is both intensely brutal and amazingly beautiful. It’s not one or the other. It is simply and profoundly both.

This past weekend was truly BRUTIFUL for me. Night skiing with stars shining above, the crisp sound of my skies slicing through snow, seeing a lasting and vivid rainbow during a spontaneous trek to Niagra Falls, the dark eyes of my children chanting “I love you” and the grounded warmth of my husband’s hand and gentle voice during a particularly beautiful moment.

And then the brutal.

That guttural moment of realization that things aren’t always what they seem. The deeper awareness that there are wolves among us dressed in sheep’s clothing. That there are people out there that do mean spirited things and sleep peacefully without remorse. And the profound awareness that we can pray for healing, but there are those among us who simply will never heal in this lifetime.

And so these brutal and beautiful lessons that come forth as I deepen my own personal language of letting go.

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