Draw Back The Curtains

Another dawn run today, thanks to Fionnuala who makes sure I get up when the alarm goes off under this new regime. It was mild and dry this morning but very dark as I headed out off the village on a 5K route I know well. The occasional field of curious cows were my only company as I plodded along at a comfortable pace, my body still coming to terms that it had been tricked into exercise at such a ridiculous hour.

Most houses I passed were still swathed in darkness, curtains drawn and blinds firmly shut, refusing to join my early start to the day. Inside, people still lay curled cozily under their duvets. They were blissfully unaware of my passing, just as I had no idea as to what dramas unfolded within their walls and the trials and tribulations that lay ahead when they did finally rise from their slumber. They were cocooned in privacy.

There were a couple of exceptions, beacons in the darkness. Their curtains were wide open, their living rooms lit up and I could see television sets transmitting the morning news and kettles boiling in kitchens. These early birds were busily rushing through their morning routine, not worried about nosy runners peeking into their lives. They had nothing to hide and were happy to tell the world as much, wide awake and raring to face another day.

There is a lot to be said about being an open book. Yes, we all have a private life and certain personal matters are not for public consumption. But being able to live your life without fear of guilt, shame or retribution has a lot to be said for it. I want to live such a life, a simple life focused on my family and work. They are the cornerstones of my life. The rest is just icing on the cake. If you’re in a similar position then draw back the curtains and shout it from the rooftops.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

18 thoughts on “Draw Back The Curtains

  1. Betsy and I notice the same thing on our 5:30 am walk with Violet; most houses are still dark. On the flip side, mine will be 9 0,clock tonight!
    Living life transparently is wonderful. My life is an open book. Though it might seem quite boring to some, it is a joyful experience to be the same person I am at home as I am at work as I am in the blog-o-sphere as I am etc.
    Blessings to the Black family,


  2. I like the last paragraph very much especially this line “But being able to live your life without fear of guilt, shame or retribution has a lot to be said for it.”


  3. You perfectly describe how it’s not about what we don’t do. A lot of energy is to be lost there if we let it be. Focus on the little victories and moving forward to have more of these each day.


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