A little serendipity brought home words' power to help soothe and comfort.
My friend, Walt, passed away very recently. An avid reader, one of Walt's favorite writers was Wendell Berry.
Another friend, who did not know Walt, told her the day after Walt died, "I just read this great Wendell Berry quote, 'Be joyous, despite the facts.'"
The serendipity astonished my wife. Walt's wife, Barb, came over for a visit yesterday. My wife had made some muffins as comfort food for her. Barb was returning the plate, with two pieces of blackberry pie on it, part of a pie brought to her by another as comfort food.
My wife shared the Wendell Berry quote and story with Barb. Barb, who is very religious, sat quietly for a moment and then said, "Each week, we select an angel that has an affirmation on it. This week, my affirmation angel said, 'Be joyous.'"
We all took a little comfort in those connections. Later, I asked my wife what Barb said about the muffins, if anything. "She said they were wonderful," my wife answered.
I smiled. "Yes, but that's Barb. She's always polite, despite the facts."
I think Walt would have liked that.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
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