We can all use some self reflection. Most times, what we are showing the world does not reflect the torment within. It's not about dwelling on negative emotion, but rather processing through the most difficult loss in our lives and finding the "attitude of gratitude" that remains. What better way to start than by #GivingTuesday in conjunction with www.thepanhandlegives.org.
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Recently, I told my mom I was excited to set up for Christmas. The only thing holding me back was that I really enjoyed my Fall/Thanksgiving décor. This wasn't the case not even 5 years ago, and it certainly wasn't the case 11 years ago. I had always pictured myself as being the mom with everything decked out, Christmas spirit abounding clear to my children's wardrobe. Then in September of 2006, our son Ethan died. Approximately, six weeks stood between the grief that overwhelmed me and the "wonder" of the holiday season. Humbug! I rallied myself just enough to decorate a tree and get a few presents under the tree, I wasn't quite ready to deal with the Holidays.
Earlier this month, Danny Mize came and shared with the families of HHP about how they can better prepare themselves for this time, that may not feel like the most joyous of seasons. Here is what he shared:
Some traditions will overwhelm you, others you'll hold so tight they might break and still there might be new traditions to implement (we'll talk on this topic soon). The point is, be kind... to yourself and those around you. Be willing to share what is too much, and ask for reprieve. It's not selfish, it's self care.
Wishing you all the ability to find hope this Holiday Season,
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