Thursday, May 03, 2012

Hope and transformation

I’ve nearly finished reading The Secret Garden for the third time. If you don’t know it, it’s a children’s book and a classic, published a hundred years ago.

I love this book. It’s about the Spring, and hope and transformation, and opening out to love. It’s about hope that things can be better, daring to move outside one’s comfort zone, being transformed. I love the fact that it’s firmly set in Yorkshire, and I love the descriptions of Spring and the joy that the children have in the opening out of the world in Spring.

It’s a great book to read when the winter is getting you down, but I am enjoying it now. It makes me think that things that I yearn for, for other people - such as healing from trauma and heartbreak, and new beginnings, and moving forward in the face of difficulties – that they are possible. And you know, sometimes they are.

The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow that seemed hard frozen: may it happen for you.

(extract from the poem Sometimes by Sheena Pugh)

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