Grief arises from any event or new condition that shatters
the foundation you previously knew as your reality.
Very few of us embrace grief as part of living. We tend to reserve the idea of grieving for something we do after someone has died. And we don’t want to do that for very long or talk about it much at all.
We do ourselves a huge disservice by keeping grief in the shadows.
When we recognize the loss in the death of a loved one, a diminished savings account, grown children moving to another state or a health diagnosis, we give ourselves the opportunity to feel what we’re feeling and allow a new identity to emerge.
What losses have you experienced that demanded a new you?
Most of us tend to not want a new identity. Yet our former identity is no longer available.
If we don’t take the conscious journey of grieving, we tend to numb ourselves, sometimes to the point of barely living.
If we do take the conscious journey of grieving, we give ourselves the opportunity to embrace more of who we truly are and perhaps even serve others in a whole new way.
Ironically, consciously grieving gifts us with more authentic, joyful living.
If you’ve read this far, I would love you to share something in the comments. Let’s move grief out of the shadows . . .
(Excerpted from my forthcoming book, “Strong from Within: Simple perceptions and practices for transforming stress and overwhelm into clarity and purpose”)