Many years ago, I took a sabbatical from work to focus on myself. I had been a busy single mother raising my 2 daughters and had taken care of my mother before she passed away.
I was searching for meaning and purpose in my own life. It was that year that 3 separate people gave me a copy of Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Not exactly a subtle message from the universe.
One of the most memorable stories was about the Skeleton Woman. It is an old myth about a fisherman who pulls her bones out of the water and gently untangles her from his net. With the warmth and care of this man, she comes back to life and then nourishing herself with his tears, his loneliness is relieved, and his heart is whole again.
This story resonated deeply with me and reminded me of the beauty of the eternal cycle of life that exists in everything and how love can replenish even the most desolate life.