September 2011: The Vacant Chair
From the September 2011 Grapevine Magazine
Their physical bodies may no longer be with us, but our cherished members are far from gone
Photo by anonymous
In life, loss is inevitable...a four-letter word meaning pain through extraction. It is not something that tends to result in a great deal of happiness. Once experienced, one must overcome this loss and move on with life on life’s terms.
When active, I numbed the pain by downing as much alcohol as the day allowed. In sobriety, feelings are keenly experienced, the good and the bad. I choose the way of sobriety, albeit sometimes painfully.
Helen Keller said, “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”