Light reading

A friend who knows my affinity for the natural world gave me The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times. It’s written as a conversation between Jane Goodall and her interviewer, Douglas Abrams. When I say it’s part of my current “light reading” I don’t mean easy (although it is) or frivolous (for it is not).

I mean light as in candleglow dancing on the walls of a dark room.

I’ve not gotten far yet but here are some lines that draw me in the first couple of chapters—flickerings of my own credo:

Hope is a survival trait.

The naturalist looks for the wonder of nature – she listens to the voice of nature and learns from it as she tries to understand it.

Hope does not deny all the difficulty and all the danger that exists, but is not stopped by them. There’s a lot of darkness, but our actions create the light.

And this from an Inuit elder, on confronting and healing our grief, which can manifest itself in the body as physical pain: Make space for grief…find awe and joy in every day.

—these, I believe. They are often the very reason why I write.

Recipe for Survival

Hold onto hope, and it will hold you
Open the ears, eyes, arms of your spirit
Perceive the call of awe, all around
Embrace it. Let the healing begin.

3 thoughts on “Light reading

    • Perhaps by now you have been able to begin the book. It had unexpected surprises…I know your grief is still deep. That’s because the love is. Jane talks about loss, too – I hope you will find some lightness and healing in her words and in the faith that has always buoyed you. Others shall help strengthen you in the way you have so often strengthened others. Grief is exhausting – I hope you will be able to carve out enough rest. Blessings to you-

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  1. Thank you for your words of comfort. You are so right about exhaustion. I’m also not sleeping well which doesn’t help. I haven’t started the book yet. Too much back to school stuff to do.

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