words to live by | no. 1

The following is a passage that I love, by Dr. Lissa Rankin. I find myself reading these words and repeating them to myself at least a few times a week, every week. They are just so incredibly powerful to me.

But the reality is that life is impermanent. Even this very moment will be gone one second from now.

Yet loss need not be something to resist or fear. Fearing loss only wastes your energy, because you can’t prevent it, no matter how much you cling. While nobody wants to lose that which you hold dear, if you shift your perspective, you’ll see that loss can initiate you.

It can separate your life into two parts- life before the loss; life after. When you let loss initiate you, it strengthens you. Your soul walks through a doorway, and the doorway is one way. When loss initiates you, what you gain is permanent.

– Dr. Lissa Rankin

I think this overall message about loss can apply to so many things – the physical loss of a loved one; or loss in the form of a disappointment or a plan that had to change; loss in the form of an unexpected challenge.

Loss, in its many forms, is unavoidable. Its one of those inevitable, repeating realities of life on Earth. We can’t avoid it, but we can do our best to let it initiate us.

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photo: Photographs by Jenna Leigh



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  1. It’s beautiful sweetie. I am so very proud of the beautiful and strong woman you’ve become. I love you God Daughter

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