HUG Corner: Thought for the Week - 2/26
Healing After Loss (Martha Whitmore Hickman)
"The man who removed mountains began by carrying away small stones."
- Chinese Proverb
"How do we start picking up the pieces, rebuilding our lives, after we have sustained a grievous loss?
We won't be able, probably, to undertake major new ventures for a while. But a single step will help, will signify to our inner self that our investment is in life, not in endless grief.
A friend tells me that after she began sewing some new clothes for herself, she began to feel better. It was an investment in living.
It was only a beginning, but I remember the moment in the grocery store when I decided to 'look cheerful' instead of carrying around the glum face I had worn for weeks. It was a very small thing, but evidently important. Otherwise I wouldn't remember it after almost twenty years.
I will take a small step - just one. In my mind's eye, perhaps I can see my loved on nodding in encouragement - 'Yes. Go on. You can. I am with you.'"
"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."