The Weight of the Passing of All Things

“Being alive, it seems, means learning to bear the weight of the passing of all things. It means finding a way to lightly hold all the places we’ve loved and left anyway, all the moments and days and years that have already been lived and lost to memory, even as we live on in the here and now, knowing full well that this moment, too, is already gone. It means, always, allowing for the hard truth of endings. It means, too, keeping faith in beginnings.”

~Katrina Kenison, The Gift of An Ordinary Day

Oh my, oh yes. Reading this heart-filling gem of a book right now (finally). The page preceding the above quote had me in tears in the middle of the cafe where I was having breakfast. It starts: “I wish for everything back that ever was, everything that once seemed like forever and yet has vanished”. Go read this book.

Happy New Year! Here’s to allowing things to end gracefully, and being filled up by beginnings.

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7 responses to “The Weight of the Passing of All Things

  1. I’m so glad you are reading this book. It touched me so deeply I still can’t totally articulate what it means to me. Every page shifted something essential. I cried buckets and I still think of Katrina as an absolute sage. xox

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    • I’m pretty sure you were the first one to ever mention this book to me. Million thanks! And yes, it is right up there with Devotion- I feel changed while reading it.

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  2. I loved this quote when I read Katrina’s book the first time and I am so grateful that you mentioned it in your space. Happy New Year, Alisa. xo

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  3. Rudri, no idea why it’s taken me this long to actually read it! xo

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  4. Perfect quote. I know I read that book, but maybe it’s one I need to read again. I have the worst memory for details so really it would be like reading it for the first time.

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  5. Beautiful words. I love that you honed in on them so much. It makes perfect sense to me that something so mindful and lovely spoke to you. xo

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