You never quite know how loss will affect you, even when there is time to prepare for the death of a loved one, a friend or a colleague.

Today I find myself feeling empty and overcome with sadness, and at a loss of what to say or do. A friend has passed and the other is left behind bereft. After their all too brief journey of happiness, illness, hope, disappointment and finally the loss and the letting go. So much to let go of, this will take time. Each person has their own way of coping with loss and needs their own time to come to terms with what this new way of being will be, without the loved one. The journey of grief is a long and mostly lonely journey, with fond memories taking up a precious residence in our hearts and mind. As the day goes on I feel my sadness and also the gift of life, which feels so fleeting at times like this. So today I mourn and I make time to connect and breathe, to take in the life around me. I leave you with these words from the Dalai Lama:


A Precious Human Life

“Every day, think as you wake up,

today I am fortunate to have woken up,

I am alive, I have a precious human life,

I am not going to waste it,

I am going to use

all my energies to develop myself

to expand my heart out to others,

to achieve enlightenment for

the benefit of all beings,

I am going to have kind

towards other,

I am not going to get angry,

or think badly about others

I am going to benefit others

as much as I can”

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