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Reply by eKIM
25 Jan 2015, 4:40 PM

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ― Haruki Murakami

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Reply by moderator | modératrice
25 Jan 2015, 11:58 PM

Welcome back eKim. So good to see you posting here again, especially with your quote contributions!

I hope you're well.
Thank you
Colleen 
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Reply by eKIM
17 Feb 2015, 3:34 PM

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made in the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” ~Nelson Mandela
 


“That’s what you are here for. You are here to serve, here to lift, here to grace, here to give hope and action, here to give the very deep love of your soul to all those who need.” Yogi Bhajan

Isn't it a wonderful "Fact of Life" that when a compassionate soul reaches out to a hurting soul, that absolute magic happens?  The receiver is comforted as a smile spreads from their face to their heart.  The giver is blessed as a smile spreads from their heart to their face.  - eKim 

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Reply by animal
06 Jun 2015, 12:51 PM

Acceptance


“to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you've held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.” 
 
Ellen Bass

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Reply by KathCull_admin
06 Jun 2015, 6:07 PM

Welcome Animal - and my deepest thanks for introducing me to Ellen Bass. The words - rich, beautiful, harsh - they are touching me where I am today. 

How did you come across this poem? Is it where you are today too?

Katherine 
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Reply by Mark99
06 Jun 2015, 7:14 PM

There is a French TV Crime series on Netflix called Witnesses and one of leads is a detective who lost his wife two years earlier. His loss is part of the plot line and the lead character another detective says to him

“Your wife is not keeping you from living. You are keeping her from dying”

Caught my attention. 
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Reply by Xenia
07 Jun 2015, 5:03 PM

I was reading the Reader's Digest years ago and there was an article:  "The Art of Worldly Wisdom" Baltasar Gracian: Translated by Christopher Maurer>
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The Heading was: Father Gracian's Wordos of Wisdome"  Ancient Axioms for Success and Happiness.

I quote the following Axiom:

Associate with those you can learn from:  Make friends your teachers, and blend the usefullness of learning with the pleasure of conversation.  Enjoy the company of people of understanding.  What you say will be rewarded with applause; what you hear; with learning.

This is so true with taking part in the discussions on Canadian Virtual Hospice.  I have learned to listen through reading the message, learned to share my pain and hurts and learned to appreciate the new friends I have made and continue to learn from them.

Xenia 
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Reply by animal
15 Jul 2015, 4:04 AM

Acceptance
“to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you've held dear

crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.” 
― 
Ellen Bass
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Reply by KathCull_admin
19 Jul 2015, 4:49 PM

Thanks Animal.

Katherine 
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Reply by Carlyn
09 Aug 2015, 8:08 PM


Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow". - Mary Anne Radmacher

and this one...

Nil Desperandum; Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. - an epitaph favourite
 
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