I have been thinking about healing. What heals? How do we heal? What helps us heal? If time heals the body and work heals the spirit, what heals a heart?
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
— Helen Keller
I think sometimes we get so caught up in the suffering, we forget all those who live as examples of healing and growth. It takes courage, that I know. To heal, you have to stop blaming others, and look honestly and without scales at yourself. All of us have scars that denote we have healed at some time. These scars are not all visible. We know we can and will heal, if we want to. It helps to look outwards and count the wonderful things in your life. Why is it when you lose someone or something you don’t want to you suddenly become blind to what good exists in your life and around you.
Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are.
— Rachel Naomi Remen
I see my latest walk through grief and grieving and letting go as an opportunity to grow. I can see positives and benefits, in myself physically, but also in my spirit. It is like the barriers that contained the sweet water of my true song have been broken apart and the part of me that sings sweetly (even in grief) has been freed to fly and breathe and sing.
Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.
— Lewis B. Smedes