Mourning — 2 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your personal process Rachel! I too have discovered this (much to my chagrin at an earlier time and now with a growing appreciation) in my own life … the events that trigger feelings and emotions that are part of my past. In recent years I’ve come to see that if I am happy with who I am now then the past has contributed to that. Two different ideas have provided me access to peace with my past. The first is a quote by Dag Hammarskjold, “For all that has been, thank you; for all that will be, yes.” The second is the movie, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, where the notion of erasing the bad memories we have had is explored and what is discovered that adjacent to bad memories are some of our greatest joys. When I go through my own emotional rehashes, this awareness has provided me with a sense of peace with my past and the depths of the downward spiral I used to experience have been significantly reduced. Here’s to living life forward and honoring the life we’ve lived!

    • Thank you, Donna Marie! A friend of mine shared a wonderful image with me last night: Our life is like a tapestry made out of all sorts of material – some is rough and raw and it can be right next to or even interwoven with soft and fuzzy stuff.

      Acceptance was what i was mostly struggling with: accepting that this past is part of my life and will always be part of my life. But your comment reminded me to remember all the wonderful things that are part – and have been – parts of my life, too! 🙂

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