03 July 2013

the vast blue sky

Behind all hardening and tightening and rigidity of the heart, there’s always fear. But if you touch fear, behind fear there is a soft spot. And if you touch that soft spot, you find the vast blue sky.

Listen carefully, my heart, as I will only say this once.
Your kind dentist took a careful look at the various x-ray images and before he said anything you could read it in his serious face. Still, you did not expect surgery and hospital and general anesthetics. But so be it, you will sit in the waiting areas, you will fill out all the forms again and again, you will explain patiently that you have a rare autoimmune disease, you will hand over photocopies of all diagnostic reports, lists of the drugs you have to take, you will smile a lot, remember, you will smile whenever you can. You will really try to like everybody you have to deal with.
And from now on you will only mention any pain you may feel if asked. You will not, absolutely not make pain a subject of conversation. In fact, you will not dwell on it at all. 

You will enjoy tonight's dinner and eat all the strawberries R picked this morning and nothing will spoil your enjoyment, no thoughts of what your mouth may look and feel like in the coming weeks. 

And tomorrow you will just walk into this adventure with an open mind.


  1. And with someone in Portland, Oregon pulling for you! xo

  2. and one here in West Yorkshire singing to you 'all will be well'

  3. And from Florida, too.

  4. Yes. The vast blue sky behind the fear in the heart and the mind that is open to that same sky.

  5. The Midwest is in your corner, too! Ohren steif halten, gelle! And I will press my thumbs in a sincere wish for only the kindest and gentlest personnel to care for you.

  6. Gentle, so gentle. Wings of compassion your way.