Words To Live By: Thornton Wilder

Monday, March 09, 2015

“Without your wound where would your power be? It is your very remorse that makes your low voice tremble into the hearts of men. The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children on earth as can one human being broken on the wheels of living. In love’s service only the wounded soldiers can serve.” – Thornton Wilder

THORNTON WILDER

Despite the awful things we sometimes must endure, there is something good that can come out of it. My grief has taught me to see grief in others more readily than I ever did before. I can see cancer patients where I once saw nothing but the blur of a person irrelevant to me at a grocery store. I don't just see them either, I try to see their eyes, and gauge how they are handling it all. I get the urge to hug them and ask them what life was like before all the sickness.

There’s so much that I’ve learned from it all, and gained, that I haven’t even discovered yet. Was it awful to feel so sad? Yes, yes it was, I don’t ever want to feel that way again but I can’t predict that. Am I grateful that I can see good things out of it? So very much yes.


++ Without your wounds where would your power be? What wounds have given you power? What power have you gained from being “wounded”?

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5 comments

  1. I think that our struggles can produce strength, trust, faith, and so much more. Some of life's most valuable lessons come from enduring the hard times.

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    1. It's so true. I believe the hard times are the things that make us into forces to be reckoned with.

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  2. From my experience, the struggles I've been through have taught me compassion and empathy. It's so hard to go through a tough times, but it can really be a learning experience.

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  3. I think when you’re wounded and bounce back, you always realize how much stronger you are than you thought!

    xo katie // a touch of teal

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