Tag: grief

on being…ourselves

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.  – Friedrich Nietzsche…

time, patience and choice

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.  – Leo Tolstoy Time…we all know what it is; how we spend it, what it means to us, and how we judge ourselves and others for the ways we measure it. A few days ago,…

say it now

You’ve got to love social media (I do not).  The oxymoronic nature of the term, “social media” gives us a hint about how we arrived at the moment in time when distinguishing the truth from the not-so-truth is quite challenging. But I digress… Like…

tribute to one of my companions and the fragility of life

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” – Albert Schweitzer I have been fortunate to love, appreciate and rely upon cats and music to add a softer quality to my life; especially at times when so much…

on being…in between

In the last few days, I have been in conversation with several friends who, like me, are in a space in time that seems to defy a definitive word or phrase to describe it. Many of us seem to be in a transition of…

things I’ve noticed

The last couple of weeks have certainly been filled with many tragedies and triumphs, as is more and more the case in our current milieu. When I find myself wandering into the darker places of despair, hopelessness, with sprinkles of “giving up”, I remind…

we are the roots of the banyan tree

Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.  – E. Y. Harburg Every single day, it seems, our nation is plunging into a deeper and deeper darkness which seeks to honor no one….

guest post – ten things that should never be said to a grieving parent

Dear readers… I am honored to offer you the powerful words of a friend who suffered one of the most challenging losses in a lifetime…the loss of a child. I have known Kathy for a number of years and have come to deeply honor…

being helpful…and interfering

After a very important conversation a couple of days ago, I’ve continued to reflect on the choices we all make to care for ourselves and the choices we make about how we care for or express our loving concern for others.  I remembered a…

grief and the power of healing

“To be human is to know loss in its many forms. Rather than hearing this as a depressing truth, our ability to acknowledge this reality enables us to find our way into the grace that lies hidden in sorrow. We are most alive at…