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."
"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."