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Cleaning Up The Spilt Milk

Those who know me know that I'm always a "glass half full" kind of person. But there are times like this past week when the damn glass gets knocked over and it takes a while to refill it. I appreciate all the kind and sympathetic words many of you have shared and I promise I will get back to my old self soon.

A friend on the phone today pointed out that compared to losing my sister, this is not so bad. That is true. What is also true is that when you do suffer a loss like that, things that normally roll off your back tend to be more intense. Just about everything is more raw and heightened, which makes it harder to just snap back to where I was before.

I get inspiring quotes in my email every day and that last few have been good:

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

— Erich Fromm

First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.

— Thomas A Kempis

When we are no longer able to change a situation — we are challenged to change ourselves.

— Victor E. Frankl

That last one is especially true and therefore rubbing me the wrong way this week -- because I know it's true and I have to flow with the river, not struggle against it.  I'm not drowning, just flailing.