July 10th, 2020

speaker, consultant, coach

Quote of the day

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

speaker, consultant, coach

We're only human

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” ― May Sarton

Good morning.

It's Friday. 

It's been a long week, full of pain, suffering and grief.

If it's not already obvious, Brian's passing has hit me hard. Don't ask me why but I've had this recurring thought that he's one of the few people who actually loved me for who I was (and am) — no judgment. And sadly, I've not many people in my life who I can talk about in those terms.

I know these deep feelings of loss will soften in time and I'll find a plethora of things to remind me of Brian's naughtiness and shenanigans but, for now, it's all pretty raw. 

But this — Brian's passing — is life, right?

All of it.

We're human after all, no different to all the other mammals on the planet, save that we've got a slightly more developed brain. And for me at least, I keep returning to that truism, however hard it is right now. 

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