Always a Silver Lining

In case you’ve been following the blog lately, you may have read my recent posts on our home burglary. Sure, I can give you some updates (like that the robber was only in jail for two days and that he is already on the loose again because the DA said there wasn’t enough evidence…yeah) but instead, I want to focus on how this event has not necessarily been a good thing for our family, but it has undoubtedly made us stronger.

I was afraid that when I went home this past weekend I wouldn’t be able to sleep. I was worried that I would sense his presence, knowing that he had been in my room less than a week ago. And even though it felt a little off at first, I was so happy because I slept fine all three nights. I felt at peace in our home, even when I was by myself in it. My family is very spiritual and we have “cleansed” our home (although my mom has literally used sage wraps to waft around our house—whatever it takes!) Our house has regained its positive energy once more and in fact, it is almost a new beginning.

This robber jumpstarted a little autumn cleaning. He may have taken a little too much but in the process, we learned how much clutter we had accumulated through the years. Since the recent burglary, we have gotten rid of many space-filling possessions that no longer fill emotional meaning. Our house looks better than ever actually.

Lastly, we’ve learned that at the end of the day, the possessions don’t matter. You can’t take them with you. As my pageant director used to say, “I’ve never seen a U-Haul behind a casket.” It’s so true. You can’t take the diamond rings, the pageant crowns, and you definitely can’t take the car. It is merely in your possession to enjoy for a short while on this Earth. Some things last a lifetime and others last only for a moment, we have to treasure them while we can but we have to let them go as well. This whole series of unfortunate events has been the perfect reminder of that.

He may have taken some of our beloved family heirlooms. But what would the heirlooms be if we didn’t have the family in the first place? That is truly all that matters—we have each other and that is more than enough. It doesn’t mean we won’t install 12 cameras around the property though…

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

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