HUG Corner: Thought for the Week - 1/29
Healing After Loss (Martha Whitmore Hickman)
"In the midst of winter I discovered that there was in me an invincible summer."
- Albert Camus
"It surprises us. We know it's a fluke. We know it won't last. Happiness? Contentment? Joy?
And not just a quick flash of joy, of contentment - as when we are lifted up on wings of song - or by prayer - or by a spectacular sky - or because of a daisy blooming in some field. But a s sense that in some way we are going to be able, after all this, to be happy! Whoever would have thought it?
That assurance, too, may slip away. But it will come back. Perhaps each time it will seem less like an astonishing stranger, someone come to visit us in disguise. No it is real - this fecundity, this extended daylight, this warmth, this beauty of a summer evening. Even in the wintry distress of our pain, we will believe in summer.
Summer has its storms, too. But they will pass. Maybe they will clear the air, and bring the world fresh and clean to our attention once more. It is life calling to us - See, you are mine. I have wonders in store for you, believe it or not. And I will wait for you - beneath the snow, if necessary, and beyond the storm.
In the midst of winter I will entertain the possibility that summer will come."
"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."