HUG Corner: Thought for the Week - 12/4
Healing After Loss (Martha Whitmore Hickman)
"Something within me is waking from long sleep, and I want to live and move again. Some zest is returning to me, some immense gratefulness for those who love me, some strong wish to love them also. I am full of thanks for life. I have not told myself to be thankful. I just am so."
- Alan Paton
"It is like returning to health when one has been desperately sick. Each day seems a gift - the sun brighter, the air clearer, the taste of food a wonder on the tongue.
The word 'rebirth' is not too strong a word for this return to happiness, to deep contentment with life. But it is in some ways a different world into which we are reborn. There are things we recognize from the world we knew - the same furniture, the same town, most of the same people - but everything has a new coloration. The foundation has tilted, threatened to slide us into the abyss, then righted itself. We are the stronger now for having survived the storm.
Because it seems a new world, time almost slows down, as it did when we were children. And our gratitude for the wonders of this world is almost as profound and simple as a child's - gratitude for a world washed with our tears, as fresh now as a landscape after rain.
To come through great sorrow is to be reborn into a new world."
"...and it was gray, and grayer the the deeper he went. What if it was deeper than he had figured? But soon the light changed, the muck brightened, and he was headed out, towards clear sky and sun again. He said that was the best sight in the world."
"Our closeness is enhanced by sharing our grief, much more so than by the misguided attempt to keep it all under control..."
"There is a gravitational pull, an endless current which we do not recognize which draws us beyond all things and people, but at the same time more deeply and freely into them."