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I would believe that we can all agree that we are living in a state of Fear, Denial and Grief. We obviously have Fear of the Unknown, Denial that this is actually happening to us and Grief over what has already been lost and what loss is still to come.
I having been sifting through all of these emotions (and then some). As in situations in my past, I allow myself to recognize each and every feeling, stay with them as long as necessary and then begin the process to move:
From Grief to Belief
Grief.....the raw, dark, and utterly hopeless feelings that accompany a loss (or unexpected change) can be debilitating. We find ourselves wanting to deny the loss and then we may become very angry when we realize that the loss is real. We may blame others, ourselves, God and lash out in a multitude of ways. As we begin to realize that the anger is only causing deeper pain, we begin to ask questions, make compromises or even attempt to bargain to somehow "return" what has been lost. Nothing seems to make sense. Life was being lived, shared, enjoyed and then in some "moment" in time, life changed! The despair that accompanies this change begins a time of darkness during which we may lose faith & hope and then question if we can trust that we will persevere.
Unexpected viruses/illness, business and personal break-ups, death or any type of loss will send us into a spiral of emotions that may all lead to a lack of faith. We may simply stop believing that life can hold joy, pleasure or any type of fulfilling emotion.
This is where the acceptance of loss is immeasurable. Before we can move forward in any challenge in life, we have to accept that the loss was somehow inevitable. We may not understand this fact, but we can strive to understand that sometimes nothing can be done to change an occurrence or outcome! With some sense of understanding, we will learn and grow on this journey. At some point we will move from "Grief and begin to Believe" that we will recover physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially! And then, we just may love more deeply and live more joyfully with a renewed sense of passion and with greater purpose.
It is helpful to "believe" that there is a Guiding Force that is lifting us and shedding light through the darkness into a new realm of possibilities.
If we can transcend through "Grief to Belief", we just may find ourselves writing a blog that helps others make it through the rain to get to the rainbow.
If nothing else right now, look for small ways to serve.....it truly feels good!
BTW - here is one little furry, 4-legged creature who loves that I am writing at home. Meet "Kitty" :