To Give Light

Seen at wordsmith.org:

“What is to give light must endure burning.” -Viktor Frankl, author, neurologist and psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor (1905-1997)

Of all of his qualifications I believe it is being a “Holocaust survivor” that makes him most qualified to make such a comment. May the world never again experience such inhumanity toward anyone.

I tend to agree with his comment. The strongest steel requires forging in a very hot fire. Hearts that have never been broken may not truly know what it feels like to be heart-broken. Empathy and compassion are often greatly aided by shared similar experiences.

Russ

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About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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4 Responses to To Give Light

  1. “Hearts that have never been broken may not truly know what it feels like to be heart-broken. Empathy and compassion are often greatly aided by shared similar experiences.” And yet, it is only those who allow the sufferings of life to mould and cleanse their hearts can reach out in shared empathy and compassion. Knowing you, only a greater force of compassion will flow from you. I’m so fortunate to know someone like you. Shaz

  2. Yes yes yes I agree with both of you…………..

  3. Andrea Kelly says:

    Beautiful words. I quite agree.

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