September 9 2019

By: Jackie Hook
Monday, September 9, 2019

When I think about what has given me strength for different grief journeys in my life, several words come to mind – faith, belief, trust, love and hope. Albert Einstein once said, “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.” I have faith in a higher power, believe it is a friendly universe and trust that as Julian of Norwich said, “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” I know that life can also be incredibly painful and unfair, but love carries me through. And my hope is that if I give myself to the journey, I will be transformed in positive ways. So far, this has been my experience.

 

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