Friday, December 23, 2011

"Love is the Ultimate & Highest Goal"

Katie's hospice nurse, Amy, has a blog. Amy's recent posting took my breath away. She has a way of walking with those who are dying, and their families, that is peaceful, respectful, understanding, sacred, serious and light at the same time. I consider Amy (and many of the other nurses we've met) to be angels on earth - literally.

This quote from Viktor Frankl, a holocaust survivor (which Amy featured in her posting) holds a deep truth which expresses my way of seeing and being, so I will reprint part of it here:

“A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth – THAT LOVE IS THE ULTIMATE AND THE HIGHEST GOAL TO WHICH MAN CAN ASPIRE. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love. I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved. In a position of utter desolation, when man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist in enduring his sufferings in the right way – an honorable way – in such a position man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfillment."*
*from: Frankl, Viktor E., Man's Search for Meaning, Washington Square Press, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1963.


Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh, this is so deep, moving and full of love. going to visit Amy's page.
Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas....Karen, you have given me so many gifts in your writing and sharing these last few years...I will never be able to repay you.

Leslie said...

I agree with Suz. So moving, and thank you for sharing dear Amy's blog. xoxoxo.
Much Love,