The love of an animal permits us to unfold, to open up, to drop our defenses, and to be naked, not only physically but psychologically and spiritually as well. With an animal, we let ourselves be seen instead of hiding behind our personalities, our cultures, our jobs our clothing, or our makeup. They know us as no one else does, in our private joys, angry rages, deepest despair, in sickness and in health. All the while, their calm steady presence gives us an unwavering love like few others on Earth. Our animal companions see us through the very soul of our soul, encouraging the unfolding of a sacred trust. If there is such a thing as a soul mate, then surely this is it.
What keeps you going isn’t some fine destination but just the road you’re on, and the fact that you know how to drive. You keep your eyes open, you see this damned-to-hell world you got born into, and you ask yourself, “What life can I live that will let me breathe in & out and love somebody or something and not run off screaming into the woods?
We keep having all these gorgeous days lately that remind me of all our adventures and long days lost in the woods. I know you should be there with me but now I can honestly say that I feel you everywhere. Keep watching over us beautiful.
I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.
Joseph Addison (English Essayist, Poet, Dramatist and Statesman, 1672-1719)
Grief changes you. If you expect to go back to being the same person you were before your loss, you will be disappointed. That person is gone. It might be tempting to look at all the ‘bad’ ways you’ve changed (being fearful, sad, diminished). I invite you to look at the ways you’ve changed — and are becoming — wiser, stronger, more compassionate, more understanding, more expansive. Let your loss add layers of complexity to who you are.
i am going to do great things with this pain
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