i am better today.
All may not be over. Or else i’m back in denial/bargaining stages of grief. Whatever.
It’s a new day.
“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
― Emily Dickinson
Thich Naht Hahn says:
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
Pema Chodron, however, sees hope in a different light. She says:
“Without giving up hope—that there’s somewhere better to be, that there’s someone better to be—we will never relax with where we are or who we are.”
Hope and fear come from feeling that we lack something; they come from a sense of poverty. We can’t simply relax with ourselves. We hold on to hope, and hope robs us of the present moment. We feel that someone else knows what is going on, but that there is something missing in us, and therefore something is lacking in our world.”
― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Ok, so you’re probably tired of my quotes by now, and hoping that i’ll answer some more questions real soon, which i will. Thank you to everyone who commented, emailed, or just sent good thoughts in our direction. It is deeply appreciated.
Here’s my final (someone else’s) thought for the day:
“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
― Shel Silverstein