Friday, December 18, 2020

December 18--A Fine Cure

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath, and a glass of wine. 
--St. Thomas Aquinas

    I can't think of much that couldn't be improved by the aforementioned three items. 
    In today's meditation, Richard Rohr of the Center for Action and Contemplation describes a pervasive sorrow that I see currently in so many in our society:
We’re in Hell now by wrapping ourselves around our hurts, by over-identifying with and attaching ourselves to our fears, so much so that they become our very identity. Any chosen state of victimhood is an utter dead end. Once you make that your narrative, it never stops gathering evidence about how you have been wronged by life, by others, and even by God.
    I would offer that another remedy for sorrow is forgiveness. It may not be as fun as sleeping, bathing and drinking wine, but it is much more effective in the long run. 

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