Day 1416: Healing

I hope it is healing for you, dear readers, to read about my healing in this blog.

Yesterday, my healing included seeing friends, eating delicious food, watching Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch at a local movie theater, and appreciating my outrageous good fortune of being alive for another day.

Here are some lines from Hamlet which I found healing last night:

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

Doubt truth to be a liar; but never doubt I love.

This above all; To thine own self be true.

One may smile, and smile, and still be a villain.

Listen to many; speak to a few.

When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions!

Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals!

If we are true to ourselves, we can not be false to anyone.

O God, I could be bound in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space – were it not that I have bad dreams.

Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice; Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.

Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear; Where little fears grow great, great love grows there.

Tis the times’ plague, when madmen lead the blind.

the play’s the thing
Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.

Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.

Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be.

Brevity is the soul of wit.

Since  brevity is the soul of wit, I’ll be brief in sharing that  I am seeing battalions of doctors and other healing people in hospitals today.  I shall reserve my judgment until after I see them all.

Here are the rich gifts of  healing images from yesterday:












Some of those photos show Benedict Cumberbatch, before the play began, interacting with young people from many cultures about Hamlet, which I found very healing. The play — which was the thing — began with Hamlet listening to a song I always find healing.


For all who helped me create today’s post and for you — of course! — I have one more healing image from yesterday:


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40 thoughts on “Day 1416: Healing

  1. I am glad you got to see “Hamlet” and have chocolate cake! I hope you enjoyed my favorite actor Ciarán Hinds, who played Claudius 🙂 I saw the play in London and it was spectacular!

  2. May all the Medical People bring good healing news today, Ann.

  3. Is that chocolate cake reproducing itself ?? It seems never-ending. ☺ My favorite line “What a piece of work is man…” 💕

    • That healing chocolate cake is still around; we’ll see if it’s never-ending. These lines you wrote here are some of my favorites.

  4. Gene Phillips

    Great post. (Being witty.)

  5. Thanks for sharing – so many great lines to contemplate! What an incredible show- thank you, Ann. Thinking of you today!! One more day of healing behind you.. onward and upward!

    “Tis the times’ plague, when madmen lead the blind.” – So prescient – Let us not be blind in these times.

  6. Carol Goodman

    omg omg Cumberbatch!!! love you!

  7. ‘If we are true to ourselves, we cannot be false to anyone’ – how true is THAT! Brilliant. Very healing – thank you.

  8. The wonderful thing about solid, famous quotes is that they eventually wind up in a movie somewhere! (I recognize a few from Star Trek). Heal away!

  9. Healing is what that music from Nat King Cole was, and boy, was he right.

  10. There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis not to come. If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all.

    Some scholars think Shakespeare wrote Hamlet following the death of his son Hamnet, and that it’s a transitional play between the comedies and the tragedies. That’s why those are my favorite lines from Hamlet because they mark when Hamlet finally finds peace with himself and with his fate. I think Shakespeare writing those lines thought of how his son, like a sparrow, had fallen, but he finally found acceptance. He knew the important thing was to go on.
    You’ve made me see another facet to those lines that I missed before. Acceptance is healing.

  11. Amanda Curtin

    Loved the lines from Hamlet. Wouldn’t it be amazing to wake up every morning and appreciate our outrageous good fortune of being alive for another day! Hope you got good news and help today with all your appointments.

  12. Kitties are always healing. I know yours help you!

  13. Healing is always good, better then going down hill and getting worse not better, having a good heart and a positive outlook helps

  14. Goodness. Nat King Cole’s voice, a blank page, and Hamlet. Lovely! I hope your Dr. visits speed your healing.

  15. What a night! I find your adventures very healing.

  16. What a treat to see Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s a mesmerizing actor! I really enjoyed the Shakespearean quotes and think they’re amazingly wise for current times! I hope your long list of doctors are giving you nothing but excellent encouragement, Ann. I love the “Happy Healing” sign!

  17. So many rich gifts. We all need to pause and be grateful to be alive another day!

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  19. So glad to hear that healing is progressing well. I haven’t managed to see this Hamlet yet, but I love all the quotes you have chosen and how appropriate the one ‘Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.’ is just at this present. I wish you continued progress back to full health.

  20. Happy Healing and wonderful quotes! Good luck with the array of doctors 💛

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