“There is so much to be sad about in this world. Because it is so uncomfortable, we immediately want to turn sadness into what we imagine will hurt less: anger, hopelessness, helplessness. When the wish to help is rooted in anger, it will only create more confusion. And of course, when we feel hopeless or helpless, we take refuge in non-action, which also creates confusion. When we allow sadness, action arises from love.” ~ Susan Piver
In praise of Those Who Remain: Remembrance and Reunion After War, by Ruth Crocker
A secret is revealed long after the battlefield death of a beloved and courageous army officer. His young widow, in an act of love, is inspired to climb to the treacherous north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps to find solace, only to discover years later that those who survived the war – his comrades devoted to keeping his memory alive – would bring the ultimate healing into her life. A compelling true story for those who seek to understand the sources of resilience and emotional transformation following heartbreaking loss and personal sacrifice showing the tenacious will of the human spirit to heal.”With thoughtfulness and grace, she reconstructs…the experience of grief. A moving exploration of widowhood.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
(I had the opportunity to interview Ruth for the cover story of the September 2008 issue of Grace magazine, while she was in the process of writing her memoir. Unfortunately the online archive does not go back that far.)
More productive, less anxious (and so much more). Resiliency in a middle school classroom via Emotional Freedom Technique (aka “tapping).
What I am bringing with me into the coming week…