Sharing my journey through grief, in the hopes of helping others.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
That First Step
'The journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step.' Confucius
That is the same for the grieving, we can only and should only take one
day at a time, and when necessary one moment at a time. Some days we
will get further, seem to be taking longer strides, and yet others, we
are unable to get up, let alone begin to walk.
Grief is a journey, it's
path not always clear, but there is a destination, there is a light at
the end of that dark tunnel. You and I will and do survive, we just
need to give ourselves time. Time to heal, to accept, to begin to live
again, to be who we are becoming. It is not easy, it is not a short
trip, and it gets frightening and messy at times, and that's okay. Just
allow yourself to deal with your emotions, don't bottle them up, or
push them aside. Face them, name them, do whatever it takes - this is a
'single step' bringing you closer to healing.
Be good to you, take
care of yourself, and above all, know that you have earned the right to
grieve, it is after all, all about YOU! and what your are experiencing.
We may understand each others loss, but the pain and hurt is as unique
as you are, and none of us knows what you are going through. But you
are not alone, and there is always someone willing to listen and simply
hold your hand. A friend, family member, counselor, support group or
any combination, can help you during this difficult time in your life.
Do not be afraid to reach out to others for help...do not be afraid to
take that first step.