This week we were going to go deeper into self-care and how to build that rhythm into our days and weeks, but it’s taking a bit of a different turn. I’m going to focus on grief and loss and hope and the importance of knowing what matters most to you - and living it out.
And while that makes sense to me (the ups and downs, the “hold on tight” and all), from my first deep grieving experience when I lost my mom in 2018,
I had been fortunate enough that at 42 I hadn’t lost anyone super close to me before. Mom’s death was sudden and unexpected. Despite working up close with death as a hospice nurse for 12 years at the time, I hadn’t been on the other side of death and grieving.
I could be driving down the road or doing something...
(I’m in Kentucky now, and I’ve found I like the word y’all even more here).
I have had the pleasure of talking with an 80 something-year-old woman lately about her life and all of the great experiences she’s had. She's talked about the challenges she's faced, too, but most of it has been focused on the fact that her life has been good.
I believe a lot of that has to do with attitude and focus. She could have chosen to focus on the awful (yes, there was quite a bit of awful), but instead, she focuses on the good parts.
And that, along with working in hospice and being surrounded by death for years really brings home the fact that
I believe that we are all here for a purpose and that doesn't have to be a huge “change the world” kind of thing. It may be raising a family. It may be doing incredible work for a small company, doing something...