I focus all my attention on the words and a few of the lines jump out at me and enter my memory in a random fashion.
“What gets broken gets stronger when it mends.”
“Let’s not forget we are alive.”
“Oh my – my.”
These stanzas resonate with me for so many reasons.
First, I think of my story of multiple losses and about my ability to recover and to thrive. I think about the remarkable ability that human beings have to mend and to actually get stronger because of their losses. I know now, years after the trauma that without having been broken, I would not be the person I am today.
I think about how long it takes many of us to travel down the arduous path of grief and mourning and the choice we need to make to re-enter life. Our challenge despite our loss is to acknowledge that life is a gift.
When I recall my life journey and think about all I have lived through, along with all the gifts I continue to receive with gratitude, all I can say is – OH, MY MY!