Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge Day 17 #HAWMC

Day 17 of the WEGO Health Activist Writer’s Month which I have signed up for – a month dedicated to the art of writing about health. 

Today’s prompt:

Learned the Hard Way. What’s a lesson you learned the hard way? Write about it for 15 today.

I am going to have to cheat a little today as I am so very tired after last night’s presentation which I gave at the official launch of my new business venture. We had a great night and thanks to all who came to support us and all the kind tweets and messages from those who were unable to attend.

Now, back to today’s challenge. I am not able to fulfill the writing for 15 minutespart of the brief, but I would like to write a few words about learning the hard way. I am right in the middle of learning my lesson about the nature of grief and I believe that this pain is teaching me a valuable lesson. To borrow the words of my favorite poet, Mary Oliver, “To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go”. That’s a hard lesson for me!

I am not quite sure what that lesson I am learning is yet, so if anyone can help me out here and speed up the learning for me, I would love to hear your thoughts! In the meantime, let me share this reflection on lessons learned the hard way from Anne Morrow Lindbergh:

I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches.
If suffering alone taught,
all the world would be wise,
since everyone suffers.
To suffering must be added
mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness
and the willingness to remain vulnerable.