Loss Teaches Us How to Live

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Thought for the Week

“Nothing can truly be taken from us. There is nothing to lose. Inner peace begins when we stop saying, ‘I have lost it,’ and instead say, ‘It has been returned to where it came from.’” ~Epictetus

Loss is painful. Just when we think we’re “getting on with our lives,” loss takes away something we’d deemed essential. And yet it also teaches us–if we let it–that we can live without that thing or person we no longer have, that it was never really ours to begin with. Even our greatest possession, our life, is merely on loan. And so in the end, ironically, it is loss itself that teaches us how to get on with our lives.

“To look life in the face, and to know it for what it is…at last, to love it for what it is, and then, to put it away.”
~Virginia Woolf

“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”
~Chuck Palahniuk

“There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.”
~Shannon L. Alder

“Blessed are those who possess nothing, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

~Matthew 5:3

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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32 Responses to Loss Teaches Us How to Live

  1. Because of health issues, I’ve had to “give up” so many things, but I’ve discovered so many of God’s blessings, large and small, that I may have missed because of the ones I had to “give up.” Life is richer, in ways I hadn’t expected. Amazed, humble, and thankful. Even for “losses.”

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  2. numrhood says:

    does matthew has a 5:04


  3. francisashis says:

    Thank you very much for sharing the inspiring quotes.Take care.🌹🙏😊

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  4. We should not hang on so tightly to anyone but God in three persons, should we.

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  5. Gotta love Epictetus, and all the other stoic philosophers. Marcus Aurelius is my fav. Thanks, Mitch!

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  6. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Epictetus illustrates the importance of perspective. Even loss comes with blessing when we look to God. He’s always ready to minister compassion, help, strength, and more. (You have my permission to remind me of that perspective when loss comes to call!)

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  7. revruss1220 says:

    The older I get, the more important it is to be reminded of this lesson on a daily basis. As children, we clutch the world to our chests and cry, “MINE!” Real freedom comes only in loosening our grip,.

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  8. believe4147 says:

    Enjoyed your quotes. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. They spoke to me today!

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  10. This spoke to my heart, Mitch. What a wonderful blog you wrote xx

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  11. These words have all been on my heart so much the last few weeks. How strange to read my thoughts here!
    Thank you for sharing… there is definite a lesson in this for me, if I am willing to learn it 😉

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  12. How can we be sure that it’s return to where it belongs? 😞

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  13. Mary Sweeney says:

    Thanks, Mitch! Very timely for me. Hard truths to swallow, but when your heart accepts them then healing can come.

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  14. If it was meant by God for me it would have stayed. 🙏

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  15. KT Workman says:

    All the quotes speak to me, especially the 1st by Epictetus. The older I get, the more I realize everything is on loan.

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  16. I have been trying to handle my grief as I ‘should’, but realized yesterday that I am descending into feeling sorry for myself. Thank you for this encouraging post about grief

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