Written by Kristin Barton Cuthriell, M.Ed., MSW, LCSW
To spare oneself from grief at all costs can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness. – Erich Fromm
Margie had a view on life that helped her bounce back from the many hardships that she encountered throughout her journey here on this earth. She was a very spiritual woman and had no doubt that the trails that she faced in life were placed before her for a reason. She viewed her time on earth and all of it’s calamities as just a tiny fragment of time, something too small to be seen by the human eye, compared to what was in store for her in the vastness of eternity. Margie knew that one day she would look back at her human life and recognize what a short flash of time it had actually been; a blink.
With this mindset, she was able to embrace every obstacle and look for the lesson that she was intended to learn. She was able to get back up every time that she fell down, knowing that her time was precious, way too precious to be spent on the ground. Margie was able to live her life with purpose, knowing that she was born for a reason. She followed every passion, determined to make her life the best that it could be.
Margie was one of the most positive people I have ever met. She had dealt with more adversity than any human being should have to endure, yet she never lost sight of a larger picture. Although she had suffered major losses including the death of her parents, her husband, and her twenty-one year old son, she had no doubt that she would see them again. It was this belief that kept her alive. As much as she missed her loved ones, she was grateful for each and every day that she had gotten to spend with them. She knew that when it was her time to leave this earth, they would be waiting for her with open arms, and the time that they had spent apart would seem just like a moment.
Having this perspective opened Margie’s mind to so many wonderful things. She took the time to appreciate the small things; a stranger’s smile, a friend’s compliment, a kind gesture. Margie absorbed nature; the sweet smell of gardenia blooming outside her window, the vivid blue sky on a clear day, the whimsical sound of birds singing on an early spring morning, the clean smell of rain on a warm afternoon.
Margie took nothing for granted. She practiced grace and was quick to forgive not wanting to spend her days holding grudges. She was also quick to apologize when she knew that she had made a mistake. Margie cherished her friendships and was always willing to offer a helping hand. At the same time, she accepted favors from others in her time of need, knowing that they wanted to be there for her.
An inspiration she truly was to all who knew her. She lived her life well, and I have no doubt, that she is now embraced by the loved ones that went before her, just as she had expected.
Open your heart to the joy in life.
Share your sorrow, share your joy, and share your love.
Know that one day you may truly see the bigger picture. But for now, live it well.
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