“What we are bound to is love: the love that gives rise to our grief but finally goes deeper than it, the love that undergirds and carries us through every turning. As we learn to navigate our sorrow, love gives us the tools we need ―the language, the images, the remedies, the particular forms of solace by which our particular hearts will find repair.” ― Jan Richardson
As we move into a holiday season like no other, I find myself already grieving what won’t be happening over Thanksgiving. While not the grief that Jan Richardson writes of in her book Sparrow about the loss of her husband, it is still grief.
Her reminder that “love gives us the tools we need” can help us pause to listen for the guidance to plan ahead to nurture ourselves over the holidays, seek out a safe hug from an animal or loved one, listen to a piece of uplifting music, or walk in nature.
Jan Richardson has wisdom to guide us into and through this difficult holiday season. I look forward to our Zoom conversation with her Thursday evening and hope you’ll join me.