Saturday, April 7, 2012

This is Why We Tell Stories

I know one thing after living the worst week of my life: we tell stories so we can live the worst weeks of our lives.

Our (meaning Aimee's and my) friends and I have told many stories this week--too many for me to account. Those stories have saved me, bit by bit. Those stories have propped me and held me and kept me moving through the most unimaginable brokenness.

We tell stories because we are human. Because we hurt. Because we love. Because, in the end, without stories, the vast, unfeeling universe might crush us.

But take heart.

I have a story to tell. Several of them. And together, we will hurt, and love, and keep telling stories.

I plan to share some of my favorites about my wife this year.

Write hard. Love hard. Live a good, full life.

Take care.


15 comments:

Cate Gardner said...

*Hugs*

James Everington said...

Probably the most moving blog post I've ever read; you take care as well Aaron and know you have friends to listen to your stories everywhere, both real and virtual.

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Glad to see you writing and ready to tell stories. I have been thinking of you constantly since Aimee died and I can't even begin to imagine what you're going through. Know that there are many, many people out there, including me, who care for you and worry about you and wish you well. Hugs.

Mark K said...

Aaron,

The strength you will draw from this will be unimaginable, but in turns, the grief will be crushing.

Embrace it and use it to move you forward.

There will be moments you are alone but feel the need to talk. Do it. Talk aloud and from your heart, speak of the things you thought lost, of the things you thought never to share again, for in doing so you will feel connected, maybe briefly, maybe longer, but it will happen.

It is said that when our loved ones who have passed enter our dreams it is their way of visiting us, as our mental barriers are down, and our minds open. Take comfort in that.

All the very best to you, Aaron.

Ao Bibliophile said...

take care as well Aaron. praying for you and your family.

Indigo said...

I'm listening Aaron. May your love for Aimee carry you forward sweet friend. (Hugs)Indigo

Alan W. Davidson said...

Well said, my friend.

As always, I look forward to your stories.

Daniel W. Powell said...

Great post, Aaron! I look forward to reading these great stories...

If you and the boys find yourselves in Florida, you'll have to drop by Jacksonville. We'll eat some grouper sandwiches and catch some monster lunkers!

And if you need to chat, just shoot me an e-mail. Take care...

Katey said...

And we'll be grateful for those stories. <3 *hugs*

Louise B said...

My condolences, Aaron. Take care.

Barry Napier said...

"Write hard. Love hard. Live a good, full life."

Truer words have never been spoken. Such an awesome way to view things given your last week. Continued prayers from my household.

K.C. Shaw said...

It's stories that make us human, and it's stories that make us real. I look forward to reading the stories you share with us about Aimee.

Clyde & Rita said...

We are praying for you Aaron. We can't imagine the pain you must feel now. May God give you the peace and strength to face each day. You have to go through it to get through it. God bless you and keep you and your boys in His care.

Laurita said...

Aaron, I'm so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts.

You are so right about our stories. They help us to let go, and they help us to hold on.

Nikki said...

This ranks up really high among my favorite posts on the web. I am so very sorry for your pain, and wish you strength and healing. Thank you for sharing your words, they are healing others as well...