October 26 2020

By: Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, October 26, 2020

I appreciate the words whole and wholeness. I think they more aptly describe what we all desire than the words well and wellness. Well and wellness seem to imply good mental, emotional and spiritual health while being free from injury, illness or disease. Whole and wholeness, on the other hand, seem able to include injury, illness or disease. I’ve companioned people close to death and full of physical disease who were very whole – they knew what mattered most and were living each day to the fullest. They knew what it meant to be whole, but not the same, even while dying. I wish you well on your daily journey to wholeness.

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