This morning I read an incredible story. Art and Healing: A Personal Reflection is by Cherry Winkle Moore, M.F.A., M.Div. Cherry shares her story of a great grief and how both God and art have helped her. She writes “Recently I came across a statement by Anne Lamott in which she asserts that there are certain griefs we are not intended to get over. We, rather, “receive” them into some deep place in our lives. I don’t expect to ever “get over” the life and death of my beloved son, Lew, and I don’t want to. With God’s help I am “getting through” and “going on.”
I know Cherry and love her for the amazing woman and inspiration she is. I love learning from her. As a result of reading Cherry’s personal reflection, I searched to learn more about Anne Lamott. Here is her quote: “You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” You can read more quotes from Anne here.
Further exploration to the Anne Lamott Facebook page, led me to discover that four of my female friends also like Anne. Two are friends from grade school (one of whom is an artist), Cherry, and another marvelous woman pastor that I admire. I own original art from both Jeanne and Cherry.
This Thanksgiving I am grateful for creative women who inspire me. And my grief.