Sunday, December 20, 2009

A quote worth reading

My baby sister (she's not a baby anymore, trust me) sent me an email with a quote in it that I couldn't post to my blog quick enough. I have written about (here) and certainly read a lot about the friendships that quickly or eventually end of those of us who have suffered the losses we have. And what ends the friendships that we had before our losses are the changes that we have gone through and how completely different we become once we begin this journey and the fact that our "old" friends just don't get it, let alone, know how to act around us. When I read this quote, I said, "exACTly" to myself. Because it's those who want and try to fix it for us, or who want so badly to have us go on with our lives and move past the tragedy, who end up leaving us. Let me know what you think:
"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares."
~Henri Nouwen



8 comments:

  1. Such a true quote. So, so true. Thank you for sharing this.

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  2. So true and so very eloquently put. Thanks for sharing...Hugs

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  3. What a great quote. So, so true. Thank you for posting and sharing with us.

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  4. Very true. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. So very very true. I am thankful your sister knows this. My sister knows this too.

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  6. Amen! I always tell my kids WHEN SOMEONE IS HURTING...RUN TO THEM NOT FROM THEM!

    Hugs,
    Trisha

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  7. I'm glad you shared it b/c I think it is a fantastic quote!!!

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  8. Beautiful. I so agree! I *love* Trisha's advice to her children.

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