Those who have been reading my blog posts will be aware that my daughter was seriously injured in an accident last year. It interrupted my writing half-way through last year’s challenge, and it became something I reflected on in my writing this March as we passed the one year anniversary of her accident. I want to reassure you that she has made a wonderful recovery. Although no recovery from violent injury can be said to be complete- the body and the spirit are forever altered. Rumi wrote “the wound is where the light gets in.”
We have all been altered. Through this year of covid 19 quarantining and adjustments continuing and evolving, we have all been shocked, and grief-stricken, as well as constrained, anxious and bored. We have all been called upon to adapt, in ways large and small, whether we wanted to or not.
A good friend of my daughter’s sent her a quote and another good friend shortened it in a framed artwork: Choose the Portal. Every year of life has challenges and choices but we have felt them particularly keenly this year. Do we choose a spiral of bemoaning limitations, drenched in grief and isolation? Or do we find ways to live fully and completely whatever the circumstances; choose the portal. As I travelled though this year lived small I was moved to re-read some of Anne Frank’s diary.Her challenges and fears were far greater than ours, hiding in that attic, and in the end she didn’t survive. But she chose the portal, exhorting, “Think of all the beauty still left all around you and be happy.”
I think each of the March Slice of Life bloggers has chosen the portal. Chosen to live more fully, acknowledge beauty, face grief, reveal vulnerability. Find humor, too; take this life and shake it. I know writing and receiving comments from this loving community has helped me immeasurably this year. You have expanded my limited world and helped me grow. Donald Murray argues that writing is not escaping life, but rather experiencing it doubly. Writing with you all this month has given me a fuller, more complete life.