"Call Me Red"
© Nora Kasten
Oil painting on gallery wrap canvas (30"x30"x1.5") From the Archives
Bright flowers are posted today to let you know I am not feeling depressed. This is not a happy time in my life but neither am I unhappy since there is always the quiet Peace that abides.
Below is a page from "Healing After Loss" by Martha Whitmore Hickman:
For everything there is a season . . . a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance . . . Ecclesiastes 3: 1-4
"If there is one thing grievers know, it is how changeable our moods can be. One moment we are relatively calm, in control, keeping our grief at bay. The next moment we are overwhelmed, our equilibrium shattered.
Anything can send us off - a fragrance, the words of a song, an article in the newspaper that reminds us of our loss, the first sign of spring - and our loved one not here to share it . Even minor holidays - like Valentine's Day - can send us reeling.
Other times we are carefree, relishing the moment - the beauty of snow, the warmth of fire, the comfort of hot cocoa, the presence of friends. And we wonder why we are so susceptible to such mood swings. We may even wonder about our sanity. When will my moods be more measured so I am not always in danger of being swept away, of falling through the trapdoor of despair?
Our lives have been shattered by loss. Of course it will take time for the pieces to come together in any coherent pattern."
Affirmation for Today
I will be patient with myself, honoring the seasons of my grieving, trusting I am on my way to being healed.