The Spiritual Woman grew from life experience. On a snowy Friday night in February of 2007, my daughter died from the injuries she received in a car crash. Surgeons operated on her for 20 hours, but they were unable to save her life. On Sunday my father-in-law succumbed to pneumonia. His death was expected and, painful as it was, I could accept it. My daughter’s death brought me to my knees.
Children are not supposed to die before their parents; it is against the laws of nature. Life is so unfair, I thought, and wondered if I would survive such tragedy. In order to survive, I turned to what I knew best—writing. A week after the dual deaths I sat down at the computer and started to pour out my soul in words. I continued to write about loss and grief when my brother died of a heart attack eight weeks later.
In the fall of the same year, just when I as beginning to feel better, my former son-in-law died from the injuries he received in another car crash. His deaths made my twin grandchildren orphans and my husband and me GRGs—grandparents raising grandchildren. Raising grandchildren while grieving for four family members has been the biggest challenge of my life and I did everything I could to help myself.
Writing helped me most and I wrote books, articles and affirmations about recovering from loss and grief. I read a lot, too, research papers by experts, books by authors who have experienced tragedy, and quotations about the journey of life. Many quotations lifted my spirits. Some even made me taught and others were inspiring. All of these factors—multiple losses, writing, research, and reading—contributed to this book.
Originally, I compiled this collection of quotes to inspire women of all ages and stages and life. When I reviewed the book as a whole, however, I realized the quotes could also empower women. As you read the quotes, the image of a spiritual woman starts to take shape. By the end of the book this image is virtually complete. Though the book is aimed at women, men will also find inspiration and empowerment within its pages.
Each quotation is a little spark of hope. But quotations, alone, cannot provide happiness. You need to fan these sparks with proactive steps and connecting with other women is one of them. Though you may not realize it yet, you are more resilient than you think. This resilience—and the spirituality deep inside you—leads to a rich and fulfilling life.
Preface from The Spiritual Woman: Quotes to Refresh and Sustain Your Soul, by Harriet HodgsonTags: the spiritual woman