This past Wednesday, Edna the social worker from the hospice bereavement program came to see me. It's been a little over a month since my mother passed away and I had called to schedule an appointment because I was struggling with her death.
We talked for over an hour and at the end of our conversation, I felt much better. Edna validated what I was going through, and was a great sounding board for all the emotions I was feeling and trying to avoid.
During her visit, she told me of a man who had lost his wife. After only six months he began dating because his friends said it was time. She reached out to him 18 months after her passing, and they started to work together. He eventually put dating on hold and dealt with all the emotions of losing his beloved. He told her, "I thought I could do it on my own, but I can't."
During ourchat, she said something that hit me. She told me grief is like a blocked passage that we can't go around, go under, sweep to the side or ignore. We must find our way through it.
That got me thinking about what sound advice that was for any obstacle or difficulty in our lives. Whether it be the death of a loved one, the end of marriage, going bankrupt, or the loss of your job. Any serious, life-altering circumstance has to be dealt with. We can't sweep our emotions under the rug or guess what? They'll find another way to get our attention sooner or later.
It reminded me of a conversation I recently had with my friend Lori who was concerned how her husband was handling the death of his mother. He refuses to talk about her - at all! She doesn't know how to help him, but a professional might be exactly what he needs.
Whether it be a professional like Edna or a close friend, when we are faced with adversity, reaching out to someone who can help you navigate your emotions is a smart move.
Another sound pieceof advice. Where does it say that when things get tough, we have to deal with these things on our own?
The thing about life is it's full of lessons and opportunities to grow, but you've got to be willing to do the work. If you chose to ignore what you're feeling or continue to tell yourself to 'buck up' and just move on, you'll pay the price in the long run.
The price you pay will depend on the depth of your emotions and the lengths you went to avoid the situation but eventually they will take their toll emotionally, physically and spiritually.
So my friends, if you're struggling with something, find a person, professional or friend that can help you navigate the waters of your emotions and start to feel better.
To all my readers who have served in our military, my deepest thanks to you and your families for your sacrifice and dedication for keeping our great country safe from our enemies.
I hope you have a wonderful and restful Memorial Day Weekend.
Friendships are an essential element to a healthy life.
My closest and dearest confidants are people I can call on a moment’s notice, the ones I wish I could have in my back pocket each day pushing me, cheering me on, encouraging me to go for my dreams.
When I think back over my life and reflect on the friendships I’ve created, nurtured and held close to my heart, it becomes apparent that all these wonderful women (and a few men) have several things in common.
Besides their love of me, and my love of them, they have certain habits they engage in that make them rise to the top of the friendship scale
You get out of a friendship what you put in and so if you want to consciously become a great friend and attract great friends to yourself you’ll want to master these 10 habits of great friends.
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