Monday, November 15, 2010

Sea Lace and Sadness

Rimmed in Foam

This has been a sad month for my husband and me.  We have lost three friends in the past four weeks or so.  Three people full of life and wonder and vitality.  Where their energy has gone, no one can comprehend.
 I am reminded of the preciousness of life.  We are all buffeted by the tide, often surrounded by circumstances beyond our understanding or control.

Sea Lace

Yet life remains beautiful, offering us moments of beauty and contemplation at unexpected times and in unexpected places.  Thank goodness for those times when visions of natural beauty quiet the mind and heart and give solace.

Steadfast in the Tide

Like the boulder half submerged and pounded by endless waves both large and small, we endure through pain and adversity.

The Jetty Points West

We take comfort in the love we feel for those who have passed.  We know that the love they showed and our love for them, endures in our hearts.  The sun will set, but we know with some certainty, it will rise again. 

To the families of those who have passed, I wish a sense of comfort and peace in knowing that the pain of their loved one has ceased.  They are part of something larger than we.  Even as our hearts swell to bursting with pain we know we are part of the Stream of Humanity in a larger, incomprehensible Eternity. 

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  1. I am so sorry to hear this sad news. You have written a beautiful remembrance.
    I will be keeping you and yours in my thoughts!

  2. Jackie - I feel a deep sadness for their loved ones, and hope they can find some peace. And now I've just heard of an artist friend's loss of her husband, only in his 50s. My heart is heavy for her, too.

  3. Linda-what a beautiful tribute, in words and pictures, to those who have passed and their families. One needs patience and courage at a time like this when the wounds are so fresh and the grief so acute.

  4. Lynda, I am sorry for your loss. Your photos and writings were wonderful tributes not only to those whom you have lost, but a tribute to life itself. Sometimes we get so caught up in daily activities that we forget that we are here for a purpose, and really...for only a short time. My thoughts are with you.

  5. nothingprofound - You are sure right about that. It's disorienting, and I can't even begin to contemplate how their spouses feel. Although one man of the three, lost his wife years ago and had no children. His funeral was the he was quite lonely and there will be no continuity.

  6. Cher - Thanks for your kind words. Each day we have a choice, or options, for how we want to live. And each day we can choose a vision of a better world in which we have in some form or degree, addressed the suffering around us.

  7. My condolences for the lost friends.
    Life is like a sea - tide and ebb tide....Sea, beautiful sea!Compliments for the picture.

  8. Hi Lynda,

    I am so sorry to hear that :(! My condolences!
    However, in the midst if pain we must bot forget it is all part of the cycle of life. Whenever we lose a loved one, we should take comfort in knowing that they are in a better place: at Home (I know it is extremely hard, though).

    Life is beautiful and we should be grateful for being here while we can - learning the good and the bad.

    Much love, my friend!

  9. Alexandra - Yes, tide and ebb and tide again. The cycle continues, and we must each see it as a totality of experience, and death as a part of life. Thank you for your condolences.

  10. MAX - Life IS certainly very beautiful, and I guess it's important to be especially mindful of that in trying times. We can always fill our empty cups (especially during times of grief) with great beauty and the miracle and mystery of life.

    Much love to you, too, and hugs from America. :)

  11. My condolences as well. Yes, life can be very cruel. As old friends and acquaintances leave my side at work, I know I am to follow shortly. How much time we have left after retirement is anyone's guess. Touch wood that I, and others like me, have decades with friends and family before we leave mother earth.

    Take Care,

  12. Peter - Having turned 60 this summer, I know exactly how you feel. I lost two best friends from my teenage years, before we all turned 50, and it's been downhill ever since.

    So we have to try to live right--though half the things we love may be bad for us--and hope for the best!

    Enjoy the holidays, Peter, and especially baby Emily!

  13. i'm so sorry for your losses. i think both your life & your friend's life were enriched for knowing one another. hold that close to your heart.

    your photos are gorgeous. and, i agree, nature certainly has a way of soothing our pains. hope it continues to sooth yours.

  14. Naquillity - Thank you for your kind words. I'm feeling brighter this week, though still with a sense of great loss for the loved ones left behind. I hope all is well with you and that you have a wonderful turkey day with the people you love.

  15. I'm sorry for your loss and will keep y'all in my thoughts. *hug*

  16. Lana, thank you. Hope you and Charles have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  17. Kia ora Lynda,
    My thoughts are with you, and your beautiful words and photos mimic so much with me. I always experience a deep melancholia this time of year, so far away from my own home and people. So many of them gone now. Yet they live on within me, and for that I am thankful. They have helped guide me to here, to the mountains, to the places I am most at peace. I accept this, yet it can still ache as we miss that physical presence of those we love. The gentle mountain breeze reminds me they are always with me. Kia kaha to you and your family. Have a peaceful Thanksgiving.

  18. Robb - Thank you for your heartfelt words of sharing. We are made up of so many things, and much of who we are comes from our experiences and memories of those who went before us. It's bittersweet for sure, but I try to find the sweetness.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend, though I don't know if you actually celebrate it there in NZ. But I wish you many blessings...


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