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I peruse my books of quotations each morning for something inspirational to post on Facebook. Today I came across a quotation that lingered in my splintered subconscious all day and demanded further consideration. The quote is by Norman Cousins. "Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live." I suppose he could have been referring to desire, ideas, motivation, love, hope and compassion, just to name a few. But I have found that when one desire dies, a new one is born and along with it the ideas and motivation that fuel it. First love never dies and from it we draw what is necessary for love that follows. Perhaps the death of hope and compassion is to be feared or mourned above all because those are the very essence of humanity.

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Comment by Jodie Ann Christiansen on February 21, 2010 at 8:08pm
"hope and compassion......the essence of humanity" BEAUTIFULLY TRUE and thank you,Dianne........I feel your very own compassion in your writing...congrats for your impact.
Comment by Donna Stumpo on February 5, 2010 at 6:33am
always fighting for the hope......
Comment by Rick Reiley on February 2, 2010 at 6:14pm
I am awfully proud of you daughter........your mama and Michael, I'm certain, are patting each other on the back and givin' each other high fives right about now.
Comment by Dorraine Darden on February 2, 2010 at 9:32am
Thanks for sharing this, Diane. I love your thoughts here. When one thing dies, we can make room for something new. Now that is something we all should remember.
Comment by wiffledust on February 1, 2010 at 11:17pm
diane, thanks for this profound blog. i believe norman cousins is right. there are things far worse than death, and the loss of our humanity is one of those things. living bravely is very hard, but it's what we have each other for! thanks for sharing.....!

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