befriend this longing

“There is something within you that no-one or nothing else in the world is able to meet or satisfy.
When you recognise that such unease is natural,
it will free you from getting on the treadmill of chasing ever more temporary and partial satisfactions.

When you befriend this longing, it will keep you awake and alert to why it is you are here on earth.”

John O’Donohue, Eternal Echoes

Once or twice a year, my husband offers to take a picture of me. He always asks me to smile. This is how he knows me mostly.

But there is also a lonely space inside, and sometimes I catch glimpses of her in pictures. Reading this quote, on a beautiful post from Chantelle Grady, I am reminded that such longing is natural, not something to be fixed or remedied.