Snatched phrases (on terror)

April 12, 2017 § 2 Comments

In the actual moment, you do not have a choice.
Grace finds you.
Acceptance hunts you down.

From ‘The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End
by Katie Roiphe

Forgive me, but I’ve pulled Roiphe’s words out of context here. She is talking, specifically, about death: her fear of it, and her admiration of the way others face it. I don’t have the same preoccupation with death — or not yet, anyway: not in my mid-forties. I like to hope I have some way to go before it crosses my path.

Still, sometimes I think that fear is the great equaliser. Maybe you get through the terror because you have to get through the terror, Roiphe writes. It’s the same with all great fears, isn’t it?

Grace, acceptance, resilience, surrender — these are all things I’ve touched on before on this blog (here, for example, and here). May they come to you, too, in your moments of greatest fear: may they be your companions along the way.

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§ 2 Responses to Snatched phrases (on terror)

  • Jill Burton says:

    Love the photo and the way it leads the viewer forward to overcome fear and face death

    • Rebecca says:

      Thanks, Jilly. The photo is from Yorke Peninsula, a place, if ever there was one, with big skies and wide seas, and illuminating views. Perhaps the photo sheds some light on our fears? (Or perhaps I just make terrible puns … ) x

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