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On Hope and Death and Living

It has now been 6 months since we lost Jim.  It has not been easy.  It has not been fun.  But, we are still standing and moving forward.

Many times I have found strength and solace in reading quotes from others far wiser than me.  I hope you enjoy the quotes I have gathered.  I would enjoy reading some of your favorite quotes too.

The first 3 are from fortune cookie papers Jim had in his day planner and wallet.

  1. Success is a journey, not a destination. (work)
  2. This year your highest priority will be your family. (Sarah)
  3. No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future. (MRI scans)

On Hope:

Anything that offers hope has the potential to heal, including thoughts, suggestions, symbols and placebos.
-Bernie S. Siegel

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The moral test of a society is how that society treats those who are in the dawn of life: the children; those who are in the twilight of life: the elderly; and those who are in the shadow of life: the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
~Hubert Humphrey

Do not be afraid of tomorrow; for God is already there.  ~Author Unknown

There is much in the world to make us afraid.  There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid.  ~Frederick W. Cropp

The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience.  Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around…. Throughout history, “tender loving care” has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing.  ~Larry Dossey

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.  ~Maori Proverb

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

On Death:

People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive.  It is as though they were traveling abroad.  ~Marcel Proust

Death never takes the wise man by surprise; He is always ready to go.  ~Jean de La Fontaine

In any man who dies there dies with him, his first snow and kiss and fight.  Not people die but worlds die in them.  ~Yevgeny Yevtushenko

He takes men out of time and makes them feel eternity.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

On Living:

When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold.  They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.  ~Barbara Bloom

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.  ~Mignon McLaughlin

Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear.  ~Author Unknown

How sickness enlarges the dimension of a man’s self to himself!  ~Charles Lamb, Last Essays of Elia

He who fears something gives it power over him.  ~Moorish Proverb

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.  ~Ambrose Redmoon

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I’ve bought a big bat.  I’m all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
~Dr. Seuss

It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. ~Abraham Lincoln

  1. Betty McNallen
    March 27, 2012 at 9:45 am

    How I needed to read your post today. I will do my best to fill my broken places, my cracks with gold. That image appeals to me so much. Thank you.

    • March 28, 2012 at 7:23 am

      I really enjoyed that one too. I am a person who doesn’t like new things because they seem boring to me and without life since there is no history. I appreciate the dings, dents, chips, stains, worn edges and glued together parts. Kitchen items and chairs seem to particularly show this kind-of wear which must be why I am so very drawn to those items. I love that the Japanese culture would have such respect for those items to fill the broken places with gold. We should have that much respect for our broken things and people.

      Big hug for you.

  2. Susan
    March 27, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Sweetest Becky:

    I wanted to keep up with your posts to offer support to you during this difficult time, but you are the one who blesses me with your faith, wisdom, strength, faith, thoughtfulness, kindness, faith, smile, and love. Blessings to you and Sarah!!

    • March 28, 2012 at 7:32 am

      What a compliment, thank you. I am trying very hard to embody those things for Sarah. Usually, it’s only one at a time. 😉

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