Darkened Pathways

I was walking home from work and the sun was setting low.

Thinking that I would be able to sneak through a pathway in the dark that wasn’t necessarily the most safe, I believed I would be able to walk along the pathway before any fears could settle in. There are times when I walk through shortcuts to shave off several minutes from my journey home and this night I realized that while the summer months meant that the time I get off work still saw plenty of evening sunlight ahead, that was no longer the case.

About halfway through my walk home, nerves settled in and I realized that I hadn’t made the most safe choice and wouldn’t be making the same mistake twice.

I called a friend who talked with me while I walked and with whom I shared my location and how my walk home was going. I told them I found a heart and they suggested photographing it as a reminder.

Cheryl Costello The Finding Hearts Project

There were no immediate threats, though I knew I didn’t feel completely safe. Their words were to remember how it felt to make an unsafe choice and yet still arrive at home perfectly because the Universe had my back. I realized too, that it was a really great spin on a situation that felt really uncomfortable, though I held onto their words more, that the Universe had my back the whole way home.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Cheryl Costello

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