Life on Pause: You are in the right place at this moment.


A close friend told me something the other day that I have heard before – and sometimes believe myself – “You are right where you need to be at the present time.” As humans, we experience a multitude of life changes throughout our lives… They begin the moment we let out our first cry into this world…From that moment, we begin to experience “the human life.”

There are so many directions our lives can go – It can make us wonder – are the things that happen in our lives part of God’s plan? Is it destiny? Even if I go “off the path,” will I find my way back onto the right one? … What in the world is all of this for anyway?

I am sure we all have asked ourselves those questions…. Even being a person of faith, we still question the events that happen in our lives. I know I’ve asked some of those questions myself.

Even if we are at a certain point in our life where we aren’t quite sure why it is happening – I have faith that God is going to give us the tools that we need to get through that specific point. They may not be concrete tools – or seem obvious – but as some time passes – we will see how certain people, going certain places or even joining in a specific activity- might have helped us get through a certain period in our life.

For example- I will talk about some of the things in my life to help explain. At this moment in time -I feel like I am currently part of a “healing journey.” I had a time period of some years that were quite difficult for me (which I have explained in other blog entries). It was a difficult marriage and very stressful time for me – Life was just stressful and plain noisy. My mind and heart were both at war and my spirit was slowly breaking….

Eventually, I broke away a couple years ago… At first, I still was dealing with some pretty stressful things, but then, my life went in total overhaul. It definitely was a shock to my system at first, but now, I understand all of these tools that have been put in place as I begin my “healing journey.” Number one – I changed jobs. I was laid off and then offered another position at a church – which has been a wonderful new change. I have met new people and have gotten to know aquaintances whom I can now call friends. My new job has allowed me to use my creative talents and knowledge that I have. I don’t consider this place just a job – to me – it is just a second home to come to. I really love the people who I work for. Not only has this church been a job – but it has been a place to learn and expand what knowledge I already had about the Bible and God. This church has welcomed me with open arms and has been very accepting – its people has made me feel right at home.

Number two – wonderful friends and great relationships. A few of my friendships have become closer and we are all learning from each other through our experiences. We have become more open with each other. I feel like I have gotten a chance to bond and share things I might have not shared before…. Because of this – I have become a more open person. There is no reason to hide anymore.I also have someone who openly cares about me – and doesn’t put me down or make me feel like less of a person. Sometimes I keep waiting for this person to blow up at me – because that is what I had become accustomed to the last few years – but so far – no blow up … and they tell me it won’t ever happen.

Number three- a great counselor: I went through 2 interns before asking for a counselor who wasn’t an intern. That made all the difference. I don’t have to keep rehashing my story to relive it time and time again – and she has the experience that is needed to help me heal. This counselor has allowed me to see things in my life in a new light and really evaluate just exactly what I have been through…

Number four: changing homes/changing schedule: my life is more at peace. I used to live in a larger home, but downsized to something smaller. I don’t have a need for a lot of space. All I need is a place to read, do my crafts, watch some movies , cook and sleep. My new home is very close to my work and requires less upkeep – Allowing me more time to spend with my friends and those that I love and to make time for hobbies.

All of these tools have been placed at this time at this point in my life. I didn’t realize all of this at once – But I have slowly been putting it all together. God really does want me here at this point in my life – and he placed all of these tools in my life at this moment. Slowly, but surely, I can begin to heal, and then become a better and healthier person so that I can help others who have been through a similar experience.

So if you ever question if you are in the right place – at this moment – the answer is probably yes. We are all on a journey. We are all on different parts of our journey and all of us are given lessons to learn. The tools are there to help. You just need to open your heart – you’ll see – everything is right there in front of you.

You are in the right place at this moment.


Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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