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Thursday, September 8, 2011

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Unless you are sure of where you are standing, it is impossible to know if this is a sunrise or sunset, a beginning or an ending. Perspective, experience, and awareness of the big picture, teach us that life is a continuum. The sun rises and sets simultaneously, it all depends upon where you happen to be.

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Our daughter will complete her time as a patient at the pediatric pain rehabilitation clinic tomorrow, Friday. This is an ending of sorts and yet of course it is also a beginning. While we had tastes on the weekends, this is the beginning of sustained practice of all she has learned over the past three weeks the end of the protective bubble of therapists and doctors, sheltered from the distractions of home. She must begin to integrate new healthy strategies into her life in the very same place where she developed coping mechanisms that ultimately contributed to her pain and internal stress.

And there lies the ending; tail wrapped around the beginning, no daily support from this phenomenal staff of practitioners who understand what she has gone through and what she needs to do to continue healing, (she will have us, but it isn't the same) instead she must start the school year a week and a half after her peers, mindfully address the pressures of senior year, the expectations she places upon herself and those of her teachers as well. And so too for us, the parents. It is challenging, letting go, and facing the end of the daily guidance we received from the staff. We must begin the process of changing the ways we respond when she is overwhelmed, when we are overwhelmed by her overwhelm, on our home turf. The lessons we have learned here with her are tremendous, AND I am praying that as this time comes to an end over the next two days we will be able to maintain the growth trajectory we are on here after, trusting that when there are backslides, hand over hand, heart over heart we will be able to begin again.

Skywatch Friday


33 comments:

  1. may you all have grace and strength for the endings and the beginnings...

    "Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you." Isaiah 46:3-4

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  2. beautifully written. lovely photo too. happy day to you Laura. take good care.

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  3. In every ending, lies the seed of our new beginning... I hope her new start is a very good one.

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  4. Beautiful photo and prose Laura. Hoping all the best for you and your family.

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  5. Prayers for you as you navigate this new beginning together...

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  6. I finished reading your words and immediately the words "truly, madly, deeply" came to my mind. Those are the words in the title of a movie and describe how much the two main characters love each other. The love you and your daughter share is that kind of love, and that is what will be with you now and forever ~

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  7. A wonderful photo of a gorgeous evening.

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  8. Laura, I'm amazed - wrote a blessing last night, and posted it for skywatch this morning. Then I see your skywatch post and wonder, perhaps it was for you and yours ...

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  9. I am wishing your beautiful daughter much healing as she embarks on the latest leg of her journey. It is so difficult to watch our children suffer. More difficult than anything else that we could possibly endure. Your daughter is blessed to have a mother who understands so much of what she is going through and who can guide her in a way that so many others would not be equipped to do.

    I wish you both well and I am sending out healing hugs and so much love to you both. Stay strong, my dear friend.

    Lots of love always,
    Deb

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  10. I've thought of you often during my absence from blogging. I pray the journey towards healing will be smooth for you, your daughter and the whole family. Please know that your writing inspires me - fills me with spirit. Thank you for sharing your joys and sorrows - all with beginnings and endings.

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  11. What a beautiful photo and a beautiful new beginning for your daughter :o)

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  12. Laura,, You are so wise! Endings, beginnings--everything you said is so true. I wish the very best for your daughter. If she is anything like you (and I am sure she is), she will handle everything in grand style. My thoughts are with her and with you. Mickie :)

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  13. Wishing your daughter a bright new beginning, just as bright as this beautiful landscape!

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  14. good luck to your daughter with her new plans

    lovely image and message, it is all about the perspective

    had a hard time finding a photo and words this week's post but finally it all came together and topped off with a new job it is all starting to look up

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  15. life is a circle, isn't it. where's the beginning and where's the end, no-one knows...

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  16. Your image and words touched my heart. I just retired this year from teaching high school English in NH and wish I could be your daughter's teacher. She sounds like a stong young woman!

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  17. Your picture looks like a very nice dream to me..lovely. Great text too.
    Hope you have a blessed weekend, hugs from Tania

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  18. Beautiful end of a day, Laura! Jesh

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  19. An amazing photo composition, Laura, to give further resonance to your words. All good wishes to your daughter. My own daughter has just started her final year of (high) school, so I feel for your daughter as she copes with more than just the normal pressures - and for you as you support her.

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  20. Fantastic photo and the words made me ponder. Happy weekend!

    Sky View

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  21. I admire how you have stepped into empowering your daughter toward self-healing. So beautiful. Loving peace and joy to you both.

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  22. Laura,

    Best of luck to your daughter as she makes the transition into the new school year after what she's been through. She couldn't have a mother better-equipped to support her as she navigates through this challenging time.

    Jeanne

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  23. The snake bites its tail. Wishing courage to you and yours as you end and begin together.

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  24. saying prayers for you and your daughter.
    xo

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  25. Nice Post. IN our culture we are so caught up in segmenting everything, and labeling things. It is easy to forget that all things are part of larger weavings, and that at any moment in time, we are amidst beginnings, endings, and middles. I like how you remind us that without perspective, we do not know if something is a beginning or an ending. Additionally, an inbetween layer can be added: the beginning of an end, and the end, of a beginning.

    Strangely, thinking about this right now, I wonder- is it only humans that have such a tendency to segment everything into quantifiable allotments? Rather than thinking sun-set, end of a day, or sun-rise-beginning of the day... how do we come to think: dusk, which is NOW. Let go of where a moment is in relation to a sequence of events or Time. Not sure what that would look like. But thanks for bringing this to my attention:)

    Teri

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  26. I'm so glad to hear she's returning home. I hope you can all enjoy some moments of rest together, amidst the school year and everything. Love to you and yours, Becky

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