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Burn Scars

Saturday, October 12, 2013

I had an epiphany a few weeks back that I have wanting to blog about and I finally have the time and the mental capacity.

So I don't believe most people on here know this because I usually keep it private but it is necessary to know for this metaphor to make sense. I am from Colorado Springs. Over the past two summers we have had the largest, most devastating fires our state has ever seen.

The Waldo Canyon fire burned the side of the mountain destroying almost 300 homes. Last fall/winter the side of the mountain look charred and the location of where it burned is visible for most of the northern part of Colorado Springs. The mountain side also has a scar from mining that has been there my entire life as well (I promise this will be pertinent). The fire was devastating to most of the city (obviously less stressful for those of us who were not directly impacted but watched).

The Black Forest Fire destroyed close to 500 homes and a good majority of the forest. This one, although further from my house (but still close enough) hit closer to home as I had 3 friends (one really close friend) lose their homes.

The reason for the long description is coming :D. These fires were devastating to our entire town both summers. Everyone was impacted in some way or knew someone who was.

This summer, green began to grow back at the Waldo Canyon burn scar. The most amazing part to me, is that grass and flowers are beginning to grow on the mountain scar. This has never happened in my entire life. It has always been bare rock. This got me thinking about what I have been going through. The fires sucked and were terrible but beauty has come out of it. There is grass growing where it didn't used to be. I feel like this will be the outcome of my rough times lately. The struggles have been the devastating fire but there is beauty on the other side. God will make grass grow in my life where it hasn't before. Through that, I know that I will be able to overcome my bad eating habits and lack of workout habits. I will learn who I am now and be confident in it. I will learn some balance and I will make my house a home. Beauty will come from the ashes just as a Phoenix is born from its ashes.
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PERKINSSISTERS 10/18/2013 4:31AM

  What a beautiful blog. I live in Mountain Shadows and while my home did not burn down, many of my neighbors homes did. I still shed many tears for my neighbors, but many homes are being rebuilt and life has seemed to go on, even though there are many struggles. I look at the burnt mountain side and charred trees and get so sad. Yes there are the grasses that are green and growing back, but the trees will be a long time in coming back. I think of the animals that have been displaced and hope that they are thriving in new environments.

As I work for my family, a custom homebuilder, we are or have rebuilt 3 homes in Mountain Shadows, I can't describe what pain these people have faced and will always face. But, I am glad that our company has helped them in moving on and it's my hope that they will be happier in their new home.

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FLAMENM 10/12/2013 11:39PM

    Rejuvenation comes after a fire. Things may not be the same, but not the same can be better.

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