Wisdom. #wordsofwisdom #words #blackandwhite #theviewfromhere
One of our daughter's classmates lost his mother two nights ago. She came home from school holding a very official note about the manner in which our children were told about the situation. She died, Mommy, she said to me, as she took off her shoes and coat...why did she just die? How do you explain to a six-year old about that kind of loss? About how drastically everything can change in a single moment? How do you walk them through the reality that everything in life can be taken away all too quickly? Then, how do you sit in a waiting room with that same six-year old, a few hours later, while her dad is in the critical care unit of the emergency room, and reassure her that the next letter being sent home from school isn't going to be about her? Needless to say, it's been an emotionally charged week and it hit me like a ton of bricks today. I spent the morning sitting down with a friend to try and process pieces of what happened this week and in the midst of sorting through the overwhelm of emotions, she gently reminded me that--sometimes--it's okay to just stand still. She reminded me that when we are exhausted and hurting and running on empty...it's okay to stop for a while. It's okay to simply say I've gone as far as I can go right now. It's hard not to constantly feel as though we should be going in forward motion; we tend to rush through our emotions and our experiences and sometimes, even our healing. But I took my friend's words to heart today and decided that the kindest and gentlest thing I could do for myself was to simply stop and be where I needed to be in that moment. So, I found a sunny little corner of a coffee shop and stayed there for a few hours. I felt my exhaustion. I felt my sadness. I felt the stillness that came with standing in one place for a little while. And it was oddly soothing to my soul. I'm still tired. I'm still hurting. But I'm also filled with a more beautiful acceptance that, this too, is part of life. Lesson learned this week: sometimes life isn't elevated through the speed in which we heal from it...instead, sometimes life is elevated through the depth in which we experience it.
It snowed briefly in our neck of the woods this past week...so we’re taking advantage of all the last autumn moments while we can! Give me all the beautiful colours and all the warm cuddles!!! #engagement #photographer #getoutside #autumn
Oh, life. You wild and unpredictable miracle. And here we are—these magical humans having the privilege to walk among it. My husband had a bit of a freak accident last night that found us in the emergency room. My children, curled up around me on the waiting room floor. My husband, waiting in pain and exhaustion. Meanwhile, we are surrounded. Surrounded by so many others who unexpectedly found themselves taking a detour in their day. We are back here today, getting more tests and waiting for more answers. And I’m realizing what a humbling experience it is to walk alongside my fellow humans. To look around and witness the countless stories that are unfolding before our eyes. Stories of victory, of despair, of the beautiful miracle that is life. Love one another, my friends. Because those stories that are happening; we are not only living them...we’re also a part of them... ❤️ #posttheordinary #writersofinstagram #sharethelove #storyteller
Say it with me, folks... #NeverTooLate #wednesdaywisdom #MorningVibes #mood