It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us. 

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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: The Life After Tears

Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: The Life  After Tears

In the life before tears,
there are endless plans
and we avoid the difficult
feelings at all cost, as if grief,
pain, and loss are canyons
we’ll never climb out of.


But, then, one day, while
not looking, someone dear
dies, or a dream breaks like
a plate, and our world, as
we’ve known it, is blown
apart.


Then, we discover that
falling in the canyon is
our initiation, and
the river at the bottom
is the only water that
will keep us alive.


I wish it were different.
But the reward for being
hollowed out is that the
song then sings us.

. . . 

A Question to Walk With: Describe a loss that has ushered you into the life after tears. How are you different for experiencing this loss? What does life on the other side of this loss feel like and what has loss taught you?

This is from my book of poems in progress, A Thousand Dawns.


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