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5. Keep moving forward
 “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”
Joseph Campbell, mythologist, author
“I have always believed that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way, we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.”
Herman Hesse, author
“Despite how we saw ourselves [as survivors]
almost everyone else saw us as victims. People changed when they found out we’d lost our house in the fire. Their faces fell slack; their voices thickened in sympathy. ‘Oh my god,’ they’d say. ‘I’m so sorry.’
“No one meant to offend us. People were genuinely stunned and concerned. For most, just thinking about losing their home and everything they owned was jarring, unimaginable. They had no idea how to respond, no way of understanding that Bob and I couldn’t afford to dwell on our loss; we had to focus on the future.
“Gradually, we realized that survival was only the first step in the long process of healing and re-ordering our world. Eventually we learned that if we paid careful attention, we could find opportunities in the ashes.”
From “We Buried the Victims,” Chapter 24 in The Fire Outside My Window
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