"Wounding and healing are not opposites. They're part of the same thing. It is our wounds that enable us to be compassionate with the wounds of others. It is our limitations that make us kind to the limitations of other people. It is our loneliness that helps us to to find other people or to even know they're alone with an illness. I think I have served people perfectly with parts of myself I used to be ashamed of. "
— Rachel Naomi Remen
"I think I have served people perfectly with parts of myself I used to be ashamed of." Inexplicable Grace yet again. The very notion that while we are in the midst of that thorny work of self-examination followed by the truly painful hike through letting go which sometimes finds us in the very depths of despair, only to be lifted up into the clearing and the beauty of the new day. To further reflect on grace, after we are witnessing the new day and the wonders that awaits us after the dark journey we find ourselves better equipped to connect with others. These connections come with a knowingness, a comfort and peace that had once alluded us altogether. How gratifying it is that as we look around and see so many of our dear friends inspiring us with their walk through the fire of introspection that we also get to see the beauty that surrounds them as they do. We witness the lightening of their Spirit, the change in their energetic field and the hand they so graciously hold out to us as we step into the flame.
And as we do...we are renewed, refreshed and better able to hold out our hands to another.
And so it is.