The Power of the Positive

“Even during an incurable illness the positive in your life remains yours, a sacrosanct memory” It “…is part of your past life forever. It is the true harvest of your life.” Meaning in Suffering, Elisabeth Lukas page 116. Case 21 The Will to Joy as Health Resource.


I Remember:

…steam train whistles, rhythmic clacking, coal in the eye

…gamboling lambs with long tails

…walking out of the High Court sun on my face

…a shoe lost in a puddle of semi-frozen frost

…a moment of transcendence, eddy of water in a smiling round

…the luck of meeting with inquisitive moist noses, bright intelligent eyes of the pinkest of big pink pigs

…the moments of birth, new, tiny, perfect, brilliant flashes of light and possibility, unspeakable and breathtaking, tears in the eyes

…the moment of meeting after many years lost

…moments of possibility, those one could miss if not paying attention

…the breath of a child on my face

…baby feet moving like creatures from a precious world, all emotive

…cats, dogs and birds and animals precious companions enriching life

…simple things in loving moments

…the soft transparent skin on the hands of older people I have loved

…the heart pangs of both love and loss

…the joy and sensory delight of just baked bread

…the eyes and hands of connection

…moments of stillness and AHA realisations, coming fully formed without thought

…the peace and liberation of acceptance

…reaching the high place of a waterfall

…dreams and hope made manifest

…Ouma’s prescience and the birds with a message

…crisp white sheets and billowing mosquito nets

…breathtaking beauty of a secret cove and dancing light on the sea

…Oupa, a gentle-man, tender, kind

…a child who once could not be too close

…mother to three always…

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