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Grief . . . A Bottomless Well April 4, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Grief is a bottomless well.  We cannot cry it dry.

No matter how fast and furious our tears fall, the well  continues to overflow,  creating rivers of sadness.

No matter how steadfast our attempts to process the pain, the well remains filled to the brim, threatening to drown us in a sea of salty tears.

Peering into its depths, we see nothing but darkness, an abyss of sorrow.

We cannot empty the well.  Each time we revisit our grief, the wellspring of pain returns, replenishing itself over and over with torrents of recycled tears.

We cannot empty the well . . . but we can start to live, work, and play around it.

As we turn away from its murky depths, and expand our focus to embrace what life is offering, the well will dry up of its own accord.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote:  The tragedy of life is not so much what we suffer, but rather what we miss.  ~ Thomas Carlyle

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1. kent chapman - April 4, 2010

You are right Nancy. We can start to live, work and play around our
“well of grief”. We must.
I have felt the pangs of grief (as have we all) many times in my life.
From the childhood loss of a beloved pet, to the adult loss of my parents. And each loss has been a lesson. A lesson in the sanctity of life and the reverence in which it is held.
And though our grief may abate or diminish over time, we will always have the proclivity to re-visit the “well” every now and again.

Thanks for the thought evoking post. Kent

2. nrhatch - April 4, 2010

Just so.

Each time I focus on what I’ve lost, the tide of pain and sorrow rolls in, engulfing the shoreline of my life in salty tears and turbulent seas.

When I re-focus, and turn my attention to blessings which remain, the tide recedes and my inner peace returns.

3. Maria Maguire - April 4, 2010

Nancy, Thank you so much for sharing this. I have a friend who lost her mom this past year and is still grieving and feels something is wrong with her. I told her she is o.k. to feel the way she does. I knew her mother and she had a beautiful soul. It is so easy to miss her. I know. I will pass this on to her daughter and maybe she can start finding some light again. Take care and I am wishing you a beautiful life. Maria

nrhatch - August 29, 2011

Thanks, Maria ~ I hope it helped. Sorry I missed this comment when you posted it.


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