It’s a week before Christmas and Virginia (the person) has a bad case of holiday blues. The same Virginia almost to her Advent post-a-day gig goal (7 days to go?) Holiday blues?
Yup. Incendiary blues from a bad case of flu (hack, hack, sniffle, sniffle, can’t swallow? fever? chills?)
Opening my email, however, holiday greetings from my undergraduate alma mater, The University of Virginia, busted my blues to the stratosphere. You may remember I posted about the ugliness there in August (click here to read it: Charlottesville:Standing Against Hatred.)
Do give this a watch – there’s a part with origami angels that brought tears to my (already teary) eyes.
Today, I’m a grateful graduate.
“Compassion means to become close to the one who suffers. But we come close to another person only when we are willing to become vulnerable ourselves. A compassionate person says: I am your brother; I am your sister; I am human, fragile and mortal, just like you. I am not scandalized by your pain. I too have wept. I too have felt pain.
We can be with the other only when the other cases to be ‘other’ and becomes like us.” Henri Nouwen (Here & Now)
grace, peace & blues-busting blues
: / Virginia : )