Creativity & Inspiration
BR recently found this condolence note sent to her years ago by an old boss from thirty years ago.
It reminded us of how far a light touch, a little humor and some sensitive whimsy can carry you…. and how rare a treat it is to get a sympathy note that looks like this one.
We hope some will take a page from her boss’s book the next time there’s a need to write a note of comfort to somebody. It doesn’t always have to be leaden or patronizing or loaded with overwrought drama. Some of us – most of us - hate that.
But it’s not so easy to write a note that actually comforts. That’s why we’re posting this one.
For sure most grievers are loathe to hear, "Well, at least she’s not suffering any more" – that seems to be the comment that gets top prize for Most Annoying. However, “God never gives you more than you can handle” is right up there, too.
My journey through cancer has taught me to nurture my own creativity. I spent my career nurturing other people's, but cancer has taught me to pay attention to my own voice, and to use it. I finally started writing my own book, and have put all my writing experience into an e-programme so that I am free to write! Now my intuition is my guide and not my head. I feel I've been given a second chance to use my own voice, and am discovering new and exciting ways in which I can speak up. I no longer feel cut off and isolated, but engaged and joyful about the things I have to say.
Shortly after my mother died, I was sitting in church listening to the choir and thinking, "I wish I could do that." I have always loved to sing, but stopped about 3 decades ago because I'm not really a very good singer. In my own mind I compared myself unfavorably to the many talented musicians in my family, including my mother who was a pianist.