Friday, November 11, 2011

Reading from "Healing After Loss"


"Cut Roses"

"I want to share with you Martha Whitmore Hickman's meditation for today, November 11, from her book "Healing After Loss".

"Deeper and deeper we burrow into our grief.  Desolations pile on one another.  We wonder if we shall ever see anything on the horizon but this gloom and sadness.

Then one day, in some moment of quiet reflection, we find ourselves Thinking of Something Else!  Is it possible?  

We will move back and forth many times - back into the dark woods and forward again into light.  After a while we will realize it is all one world, that feelings of joy and sadness enrich each other - as a person who has been mortally ill has a new appreciation for the beauty of starlight, the taste of orange juice, the caress of love.

Is it all right?  Is it being disloyal to our lost loved one - to savor our life afresh?  Are we in danger of forgetting?  Not to Worry.  We would as soon forget to breathe."


8 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

Good afternoon Nora, that was beautiful. I should check that book out to help me in my work. Your painting is so beautiful. Such life and light.

billspaintingmn said...

Nora, your painting is beautiful!
The apple could not be more deliscious.
It's all so wonderful.

I'd like to comment on the "Healing After Loss", however, it's as black for me as ever. I suppose I have to hope things get better, before they will(?)

jeannette said...

Yes it is possible! Hugs.

Susan Roux said...

Nora this painting is wonderful. And yes it's ok to be happy again and find enjoyment even discovery. Karl would have wanted you to be happy. I also want you to be happy. Smiles my friend!

Brasil said...

This is a good book for anyone who feels bound by their anger, guilt, hurt or pain or the past in general, I also recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score." I thought that the book was just about forgiveness, I soon learned, it was about so much more than that. I was about how you should deal with friends, family and yourself and more importantly, how to keep these relationships strong when things go wrong.

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