Thursday, November 10, 2016

Waiting in Darkness

T.S. Eliot 
“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”

(Patricia: Like millions of others this morning, I was sunk in a fog of distress, fear and sorrow about the election outcome. In thinking it over (and over, and over), I came to the understanding that when you are in a dark place, really dark, you have to just stay there in the dark until the light, of itself, dawns. It is no use trying to think up something encouraging, try to generate lovely feelings, deny the darkness or put some spin on it. You just have to wait in the darkness and the pain, pay attention to it, offer it up, and hope in the light. It will come; it will.)

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