“The possibility of loss is what makes things valuable.” From Robert B. Parkers “A Catskill Eagle”
We all have them. Relationships that are our most important. Those that we cherish.
These past 18 months have been hard. Many friends have died or experienced life altering tragedy. And, of course, this impacts friends and loved ones forcefully. Our lives are diminished with the loss of those we hold dear and near.
I have a small circle of friends that when and if anything happens to one of them I will go catatonic. That’s a given.
What surprises me is that even the death of casual friends really disturbs me.
Guess I don’t handle emotional distress very well.
Seems like life would be a lot easier without the attachment of friends, family, and loved ones. And the inherent and inevitable pain.
Possibly the only circumstance worse than emotional attachment to others would be a total absence of it. So, we carry the cross.
Imagine a life where you cared for no one and no one cared for you. How sad is that? And what a waste.
“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” – Albert Camus