When my sister passed away, things were very foggy. It lasted for a couple of years in fact. It was the grieving process that I didn’t expect or understand at the time. As that fog lifted, I realized that although I lost a very special person in my life sometimes a life changing event can still provide many gifts.
One gift was blogging. Because of the of the loss of my sister, I started my first blog Be Positive Mom®. That was the start of many twists, turns, ins and out in my life.
I came across a women who is known as SARK. She has a loyal community filled with those she inspires, but new to me.
I met SARK (aka Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) at an event she had talked about her book Glad No Matter What: Transforming Loss and Change into Gift and Opportunity. As she spoke from the stage, her message rang so true to me. We may find ourselves in the midst of loss, change or grief at different points in our lives, but amazingly come out stronger and more whole.
Her book Glad No Matter What includes a detailed journey of her own loss, triumphs and this thing she coined the “marvelous messy middle”. She shares strategies that can help us recognize the positive in our lives and find “gladness” in life’s turbulent or even gut-wrenching times. Somehow and somewhere the gladness is there when we choose to recognize and embrace it.
It’s filled with whimsical, bright scribbles and full of valuable ways to embrace change and transitions in our lives. It includes worksheets and strategies as well.
Everyone grieves or transitions through change differently. SARK provides another way of taking the dark sadness we should acknowledge and look through the learning eyes of optimism (gladness). It’s a gift of a guide us to find “gladness” even when life throws us those tough transitions which it inevitably will.
What are you glad about today?
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