This was written several years ago after my husband had been in an accident at work and ended up with an amputation of his left leg.

I don’t really have an inspiring speech tonight to give to you all.
I hope what I am going to tell you tonight will have a positive effect on you.
Maybe it will even get you thinking.
My topic tonight is fire.

Margaret Wise in Soulforge said: You choose voluntarily to go into the fire. The blaze might well destroy you. But if you survive, every blow of the hammer will serve to shape your being. Every drop of water wrung from you will temper and strengthen your soul.

I absolutely agree with what she says
My soul feels like is has been on fire for the last two weeks.
Two weeks ago my husband was injured in a work related accident. It has been a time of fire for us. I have watched as a perfectly healthy man has had to adapt to being handicapped all of a sudden. He has had to learn new skills and relearn how to do old skills. Just watching him get up to go to the bathroom was a painful experience.
I have had to learn new things too.
How to not help when it looks like help is needed but it is not wanted.
How to stand back and let him struggle.
I had to rethink my thinking.
Our lives are going to be different.
We have walked into fire, not by choice, but through life’s circumstances.
Every blow of this hammer has forged us into a stronger relationship.
We both know that we have to survive for each other.
We lean on each other for support in our personal times of fire.
Sometimes we even dance within the flames together.