Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, 1862.
After darkest night
Sun will rise on horizon
Bringing light and warmth
We cannot avoid dark nights, there will be one every day, as surely as the sun will rise. As the sun sets, the night gradually darkens until ‘the darkest moment is just before dawn’.
Black night will descend,
Dawn will break darkest moment,
Hope will rise like sun.
We cannot avoid loss, any more than we can avoid the night, but we can be comforted with the fact that daylight will always follow.
Avoiding loss means avoiding love. If we do not love we will not mourn any loss, but it would be a loveless life.
Some philosophers like Heidegger suggest that as our being is finite, then an authentic human life can only be found by confronting our mortality and trying to make a meaning out of the fact of death. In this case, the acceptance of our mortal limitation is the basis for an affirmation of our life.
And while we carry our pain like a backpack full of bricks, we must make a conscious effort to gradually lighten our load and live each moment mindfully, not only to be alive.
Advice and suggestions for coping with loss here in my post on ‘6 Ways to recover from grief.’
All pictures from pixabay and all thoughts my own, although I’m sure someone has already expressed some of them.