Well hello, you gorgeous Planetarians, all 455 of you! I hope this weekend finds you well, surrounded by those you love and doing something which makes your heart sing. As for me, I can tick two of those boxes (well, all three if you count this time writing my post to you) – we are crawling towards the finish line of the Carnival of Joshua as we prepare for his second birthday party in a week tomorrow afternoon. I know, we’re mad – completely bonkers – but it has been an unusual year for him, having to change schools so often, so ‘needs must’ this year.
Today I thought I’d share with you a quotation which really resonates with me on so many levels. It touches my soul at its core.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (8 July 1926 - 24 August 2004) was a Swiss-American psychiatrist who is best known for her now famous the Five Stages of Grief. She estimated that by 1982, she had taught ‘125,000 students in death and dying courses in colleges, seminaries, medical schools, hospitals, and social-work institutions’. I think her exposure to so much pain, despair and yet dignity made her eminently qualified to come to this most affecting observation.
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths.
These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep loving concern.
Beautiful people do not just happen.
I completely believe every single word of it.
It’s an awareness which has been growing in me for some years but has been particularly highlighted since my Dad’s death. Those who have since shown me the most compassion and provided the most comfort have themselves experienced many ‘dark nights of the soul’ as a dear friend of mine so aptly and eloquently puts it.
They are the ones who *get it*.
And I love them fiercely for it. So thankyou, you beautiful people in my life – you know who you are – your beauty is so innate and soul-touching that I’m dazzled by it.
So, Lovelies – what do you think about this one? Has your soul also been touched by such a beautiful person? Do you think such beauty only develops with age or can it inhabit the young as well? Dive in – I’d love to hear your thoughts.