Dixie Darr

My Literary Advent Calendar, Day One

In Uncategorized on December 2, 2016 at 10:06 am

Sunday, November 27, 2016

I have had a lot of fun collecting 28 readings for my literary advent calendar. Included on my list are short stories, essays, poems, children’s books, and a prayer, some well-known and others I, at least, had never heard of.

The theme for the first week of advent is hope, and I selected a reading from Anne Lamott’s book, Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair, and chose the chapter called Stitches. It’s about grief and asks “how we are to live when public chaos shatters our routine.” Many of us can identify with that right now; the problem is how to get past or through the grief to hope. “It can be healthy to hate what life has given you, and to insist on being a big mess for a while. This takes courage,” she writes. Daily rituals can help us to cope as can spending time with friends.

Somehow, just reading about the commonality of grief helped me to see a tiny sliver of light. While I can’t claim to have much hope at this exact moment in time, at least I have hope that hope still exists in the world and someday I may feel it again.

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