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It’s a grey day, and my mood is slightly grey as well. Our family has been hosting friends from France for the past week, and they fly home tonight. We will miss all the hustle and busyness of having five extra bodies in the house, and friends to chat with around every corner. Life will no doubt feel very quiet as we readjust to the normal routine once more.
Speaking of adjustments to normal life – the newspapers have been filled these past few days with stories of Conrad Black’s release from prison – and so I’ve found him – once again – in my thoughts and prayers. It will no doubt be interesting to follow news of his journey in the weeks ahead as he readjusts to freedom. So for today, I thought I’d share my own recollections of the day his life and mine intersected, in a post from this blog’s archives.
A book I read some years ago called “Blessings” by Mary Craig left a deep impact on me. In it, Craig writes of suffering, and that “Our tragedy is not that we suffer, but that we waste suffering. We waste the opportunity of growing into compassion.”
From all I’ve read about and by Mr. Black throughout the period of his incarceration, he wasted not a minute.