HUG Corner: Thought for the Week - 1/15
Healing After Loss (Martha Whitmore Hickman)
"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all."
- Emily Dickinson
"Sometimes we know hope as much by its absence as by its presence. When we're depressed, hope seems almost unknowable, a total illusion. We feel inwardly flattened, unable to move, or as if we are just going through the motions. The song of hope of which the poets speaks is muted. Yet the will of the spirit, as well as of the body, is for life, even for zestful life. Then something happens - a friend calls and we mobilize ourselves, making an effort to be useful to ourselves or to someone else. The energy quickens. At least the moment has some meaning again and that persistent note of hope, without which we cannot live, starts thrumming in our minds once more.
Sometimes all I can hope for is that I'll feel more hopeful tomorrow."
"Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. I mean, do not be disturbed because of your imperfections, and always rise up bravely from a fall. I'm glad that you make daily a new beginning; there is no better means of progress in the spiritual life than to be continually beginning a fresh."
"To fashion an inner story of our pain carries us into the heart of it, which is where rebirth inevitably occurs."
"Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations."