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We all have people to remember, honour, and thank. I don’t mean national heroes, but our personal ones.

People we have loved or admired, and who have helped shape us, but who have now left us.

Some days its important to stop, and to think about them. Loss brings pain and heartbreak, but it also brings learning and growth.

“Unless the heart breaks, we will never know anything about love. As long as our objective universe doesn’t collapse, we’ll never know anything about the world”.

(Leonard Cohen, from The Portuguese Interview 1994).

 

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Ritual, Loss, Change and Growth

Ritual, Loss

Keeping separation and loss alive can be more damaging in the long term than the events themselves. There’s merit in the idea that while we should rightly honour the past, we must also be willing to welcome the future.

A ritual can do both, simultaneously.

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A Stranger in the Village

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Sometimes a stranger comes to the village and tells the village a story, and the village rediscovers something.

Opportunities for rediscovery of ourselves may also be rare, but we should seek them out if we are to flourish and grow. It’s not easy though, and safety and curiosity are not naturally comfortable together.

But it can be refreshing to surprise yourself and others.

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