Over the past few weeks we’ve explored health, diet, exercise. But our bodies often fall prey to illness and disease anyway or because we’ve ignored basic healthy principles. This week I invite you to join me as we consider healing. There is hope after illness, after the breakup of a marriage or relationship, after the death of a loved one, in the wake of financial crises, or even during political turmoil.
“Life is so messy. It’s heartache and headaches and bedhead and tears. Then life is glorious. And then it’s messy all over again.”Candy Leigh
Meaning of Healing
According to Miriam and other online dictionary sources, healing is the process of making whole and healthy again. It means patching a friendship or relationship, or even restoring someone or something to its original purity or integrity
Synonyms for Healing
We all know the need for healing the world has suffered with COVID 19 together, and many have shared their personal pathways to healing and coping with this time. Getting back into blogging – writing and photography helped me to heal.
Some Great Quotes
“Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are.” – Rachel Naomi Remen
“By far the strongest poison to the human spirit is the inability to forgive oneself or another person. Forgiveness is no longer an option but a necessity for healing.” – Caroline Myss
“Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits. And that’s because laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind. It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect.” – Marlo Thomas
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Kahlil Gibran
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Wounds are like water set to boil – they heal best left unwatched.” – Gabrielle Zevin
Restored to their Original Condition – or Better
Visalia Car Show #1.5
“It has been said that time heals all wounds. The truth is that time does not heal anything. It merely passes. It is what we do during the passing of time that helps or hinders the healing process.”Jay Marshall
Just like people, cars have accidents, illnesses, suffer from neglect, and get old. Time does not heal them, but for various inexplicable reasons people adopt them and set about healing them one by one.
In my Sunday Stills: Grays post, I leaked one picture of a pristine gray and salmon Desoto. Today I’m going to share three or four more of my favorite healings from the May 15th Visalia Car Show.
#1 Volkswagen Beetle
You’ve seen plenty of these on the road, in your driveway, and in car shows over the years. This VW had a unique paint job. The owner loved the color he found in Home Depot for a house paint. He took the sample to the auto body restorer, and he magically recreated that color. Tell me if you don’t think this is better that the original. I was so excited when the owner invited me to sit inside and have Vince take my picture. I learned to drive on a VW just a few years ago! LOL
For my brother’s 60th birthday, Randy and I took our first healing trip. Our mother had passed away and we hadn’t been too close. We took a train trip back to the Midwest where we were born and raised. One of the places we visited was the Studebaker Museum in South Bend, Indiana.
Before that trip I had no idea how prominent Studebaker was in producing military vehicles as well as carriages for United States Presidents before cars were invented. Sadly, this iconic automobile plant closed on December 20, 1963. A plant in Ontario, Canada produced Studebakers until March 17, 1966, when the era of Studebakers ended. Car restorers today keep its memory alive.
This Studebaker at the show was a work of true love and dedication. In 1953 Studebaker considered making a station wagon. They made two prototypes. One ended up in a junk pile near the factory in South Bend. The other, after being stripped of parts ended up in this owner’s uncle’s garage until he died in 1987. The owner, and I didn’t get his name, restored this one of a kind car and we all felt privileged to see it.
This next car, rather 1948 red Ford F1 truck, also had a great story which I should have recorded. I fell in love with the color and the wooden bed. Of course it was a red Ford like my grandparent’s car. I included the registration because of the fabulous reflection on the truck’s shining hood.
This final picture for today was my friend Jean’s favorite restoration. For me it was just okay. However for an old Desoto, it looks better than most others that have driven down the highways over the years.
When I walked around to the back, I could see why the car was so popular at the time and now – the back fins. In the shade I could also tell that the paint job was factory perfect, no pits or streaks.
Now why is it that people restorers can’t do as magnificent of a job on us as they can on an old Desoto? (I’m showing my false reliance on the power of beauty – see last week’s #WQWWC.)
Since we were in downtown Visalia, I photographed one more act of healing that took place other than the cars. In 1999 a committee, The Friends of the Fox, got together and collected money to restore the Depression Era Fox Theatre.
The Fox Theatre “opened on February 27, 1930 with George O’Brien in “Lone Star Ranger” and Laurel & Hardy in “Night Owls”. It was equipped with a Robert Morton 2 Manual pipe organ, which came from a theatre in Los Angeles. …The beleaguered Visalia Fox Theatre shut its doors after sixty-six magical years, on November 7, 1996 (my birthday) with “A Long Kiss Goodbye.” Cinema Treasures
Thanks to Last Week’s Fabulous #WQWWC Participants
- Carol Mom New Participant
- Cee Beauty
- Frank Beauty
- Frank Mom
- KL Caley Limerick
- Kristin Beauty
- Lady Lee Mom
- Sadje Mom
- Susan Beauty New Participant
- Terri Beauty
It’s Your Turn Now!
the other requirement is to have fun. happy hump day!
Bloggers on the topic of Healing
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