There is an alley much like this in the same neighborhood at Hal & Gayle’s previous home (of 35 years) on C Street in Springfield, Oregon. It parallels Hal’s shop, which was lit up by an arsonist once upon a time. Today was full of writing, reflection, introspection, and a sense that the journey I have been on is going to change courses. I cannot tell you how it will change at this point except that I am sure of it. There’s this term called post traumatic growth that I came upon in graduate school. It touches on the growth of a person that can occur after trauma/loss. What I’m seeing is a gift Uncle Hal has left me. The gift is revealing itself slowly and as long as I stay open, I believe the doors will continue to open in ways I had never imagined.
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Life has been most interesting the last few weeks with unusual and complex cases at the hospital. What has stuck with me the last couple of weeks is the vulnerability of life; both in physical and mental forms. One decision, emotion, or event can change your life forever. I’d been reflecting on that, sitting with that, as well as journaling about that and the ramifications of denying the vulnerability of life as a society. Then Thursday afternoon I get a call from Jeremy at 3pm; thinking it was his check in to see what was in store for the evening he told me he was laid off. From his job of 8 years……. there was no way I saw that coming.
So many thoughts, emotions, and planning has occurred over the last couple of days. We are so grateful for the thoughts and support of our family and closest friends and while this seemly majorly unplanned event has left us with a lot of unknowns the beauty of it is that we are not in it alone and that there is time to dream a better life, a grander plan, and a healthier lifestyle.
Tonight we got to walk with one of our good friends I go to appreciate the beauty of nature that is just blocks from our home. I felt in awe…. the comfort of the river that changes and yet remains the same. And I’m hopeful.
I got some great suggestions for my photoblog post today, enough that you will probably see shades of these suggestions over the next week or two.
Today’s image has multiple meanings for me. While I won’t go into all of them, the thing I appreciate about this image is that it holds shadows, reflections, and color. Thank you Ann E for challenging me to think outside the box – not sure you want a copy of this photo – but you got yourself one free print from your wedding for sure!