"We read to know we are not alone," I love that quote, and I often say, I write for the same reason. Recently it's come to my attention these words may not have been spoken by C. S. Lewis as I've always thought. They may merely by a line from the movie Shadowlands, spoken by the actor who plays C. S. Lewis. I'm still trying to verify the origins of the quotation. Nevertheless, it's a favorite of mine.
Emotional pain can be a wall or a bridge; it can isolate or connect. Sometimes we find ourselves on a journey we didn't choose. The path crosses rugged terrain with difficult uphills and downhills, sometimes in deep shadow and sometimes in scorching sun. Isn't it comforting to have company on the journey? Isn't it nice to know we're not alone?
I'm not trying to make myself the universal poster child for grief by writing the things I do. Obviously not! That's the odd thing about grief. We may be able to say to another person on the journey, "I know how that feels," but yet, in parts, it's still a solitary path we walk. No one's journey is exactly the same.
I write to know I'm not alone. I write so you, my reader, will know you're not alone. In this way, we link our arms together and hold each other up as we traipse along. The journey is so much better this way.
Sara Faith Nelson
Sharing the journey, because, I find there are so many others making the trek through life without a loved one