Rather than all more woe is me I thought I would dig back through some quotes. Note that there is so much wisdom that comes back from all of you, and for that I am so grateful. Even though I was still a mess yesterday I went with Mom and Dad up to Galena. It was magnificent. I literally had to stop every 10-20 steps to sit on the snow bank during my 15 minute snow shoe, or perhaps snow shuffle would be more apt! But it was worth it just to be in the middle of that glorious sparkling snow with views of the peaks and age old pine trees heavy with snow. If you are in good shape the snow show and x country trails at Galena are fantastic. And the drive alone makes it worth it. The cabin built by the Heinz family rewards you with a warm fire, hearty food, and an intimate old school setting.
“It’s okay, Kerry. You can feel fragile, you can cocoon. And it’s definitely okay to love with such fierceness. I know how much you want to contribute and be a part of it all. That’s not clinging, that’s profoundly human. Sending lots of light and healing, calm and breath your way. Love from California and all your TNC friends.” Kristine Ziegler
Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice. I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are still steeped in hurt and resentment. It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint.
Patience is not just the ability to wait, it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.
JOYCE MEYER (This one cracks me up because i picture myself in traffic. My Dad taught me early on that you should always have a book so that even if you are in a painful wait you can escape or learn. He would only buy ski jackets with a pocket big enough for a book and would read on the lifts even when young girls said “you’re weird sir”)
The grateful heart sits at a continuous feast.
I feel like I know a few things, and one that’s important is that we have to be strong enough to continue to love and care about the generations to come in the way our ancestors have done for us.
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.
Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.
At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable.
A sacred illness is one that educates us and alters us from the inside out, provides experiences and therefore knowledge that we could not possibly achieve in any other way.
Even in a world that’s being shipwrecked, remain brave and strong.
HILDEGARD VON BINGEN
As long as the candle burns, there is time to make repairs.
Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.
Darkness deserves gratitude. It is the alleluia point at which we learn to understand that all growth does not take place in the sunlight.
I think that is a fine one to finish on. I will do little more than move from couch to bed to meals again, but I will also start Hillbilly Elegy. I find myself slowly saying a nostalgic goodbye to the characters in A Gentleman from Moscow. I loved the Count and the wonderful witty young girls.
Love to all