“I wanted a perfect ending… Now, I’ve learned the hard way that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.” -Gilda Radner
It’s what comes after life’s many difficulties that matters most. What we do with what we have left determines whether we are diminished or increased by the molehills and mountains we have climbed. Everyone tastes a different flavor of pain, yet we all know its bitterness at some point in our lives.
When loss arrives at your door, it can rob your sense of hope. It tampers with your ability to believe in the best that life can offer. Looking towards optimism can be challenging, but if you stay centered and grounded in your feelings and expressions, you’ll find your way back to happiness again.
I don’t think we ever really get over a crisis or “move on”. Instead, we grow. We take all that we’ve learned and continue growing. Trusting in the goodness of life is part of that. Instead of dreading what’s around each corner, we strive to hope for impending joy. This can seem difficult, but I know it’s possible. I’ve seen it happen…in me and in the faces and stories of others.
“Tears water our growth.” -William Shakespeare
If you are experiencing the pain of loss, find a quiet place, get comfortable, and listen to this week’s guided meditation. Being present with your feelings and emotions can allow you the freedom to acknowledge where you’re at and open your heart – even if it’s just a little bit – to the inevitable growth and expansiveness that comes with moving through loss.
Wishing you a weekend filled with love, gratitude, & peace. – davidji