As I sit with the sadness and the grief of losing both of our girl Welsh Terriers – Dilys and now Meg, I allow myself to feel the pain and loss. This has been a summer season of worry, stress and heartbreak. Now there is space for peace.
The words of Kahlil Gibran come to mind.
“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Just as the stone of the fruit must break, so that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And if you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy.
If you accept the seasons of your heart, as you have always accepted the four seasons, you would watch with serenity the winters of your grief.
Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore, trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility.
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen.”