Jun. 3rd, 2015

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] angerona at Sheryl Sandberg
Я не читала Lean In, хоть и слышала много про эту книгу (и про ее содержание). Я мало знаю про Шерил Сандберг, кроме того, что она -- COO в Фейсбуке и что она недавно потеряла мужа. Она сегодня написала про мужа и про жизнь то, что мне хочется процитировать и скопировать для себя сюда полностью. Тут нет чего-то совершенно нового, но как сказано и прочувствовано, и все вместе это то, что хочется помнить. И да, слезы потекли.

Today is the end of sheloshim for my beloved husband—the first thirty days. Judaism calls for a period of intense mourning known as shiva that lasts seven days after a loved one is buried. After shiva, most normal activities can be resumed, but it is the end of sheloshim that marks the completion of religious mourning for a spouse.

A childhood friend of mine who is now a rabbi recently told me that the most powerful one-line prayer he has ever read is: “Let me not die while I am still alive.” I would have never understood that prayer before losing Dave. Now I do.

I think when tragedy occurs, it presents a choice. You can give in to the void, the emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even breathe. Or you can try to find meaning. These past thirty days, I have spent many of my moments lost in that void. And I know that many future moments will be consumed by the vast emptiness as well.

But when I can, I want to choose life and meaning.
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