HUG Corner: Thought for the Week - 3/12
Healing After Loss (Martha Whitmore Hickman)
"Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations."
"Change is the order of life, yet how we resist it.
Sometimes, looking back, we see that only by letting go were we able to move on to new adventures, new insights and satisfactions.
A widow who had lived in her husband's shadow, doing the dutiful wife-and-mother things, emerged after his death as a featured speaker at many church and civic gatherings. She said to me once, 'Isn't it a shame I had to wait until he died before I began to come into my own?'
We live our lives in chapters. What was right for her in the early years of her marriage was obviously not suitable in her later years. Nor would she have wanted to consign home and children to someone else's care when her children were small.
There is some consolation in knowing that change, even difficult change, brings surprising gifts. Though the thought may be unappealing to us now, let's not shut the door too soon on something good that could be waiting for us in the next room.
I will keep my eyes open. Something surprising and good may happen tomorrow - or the day after."
"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."
"I will stay with the anxieties and cares of today, trusting to the unknown future its unknown cares."