Archive for June, 2011
Life is like sailing. You can use any wind to go in any direction. ~Robert Brault~
First, I want to begin by saying thank you for all the support over the past two years. In life, we truly find our strength, not in isolation, but by sharing and connecting with others, sharing the lessons we have learned along the way. I’ve learned so very much from all of you, and have been so humbled by your response to Stephen’s story. With each person who has connected with me, I have felt his beautiful smile, and have been encouraged to keep writing, keep breathing, to simply keep going. Many days, you have all been my one little thing.
Almost a year ago, on July 4th, 2010, I was at a crossroads of sorts, wondering where to go with this “Gratitude in Grief.” A year had passed since losing Stephen, but I was still broken, still hurting. But, I was also feeling hopeful for my future. I wondered should I continue on this path, or immerse myself back in “normal life.” Whatever normal is anyway…
It was not until I started to clean out my office that the answer came. You see, I looked back to you for my answers. Since beginning this journey, and sharing my story, I have received (and responded to almost all…still working on it :-)) close to 10,000 emails from all of you. Words of wisdom, encouragement, support. In some emails, you bravely shared your own story, and I learned that each of us has a book within us. Many of you told me what you needed.
Hope, even in hardship.
You gave me my answer. And so, I am pleased to invite you to the next leg of the journey,
I’ve created a community of gratitude and resilience, a safe place where we can give each other a daily dose of what we need to keep going. The Facebook page is now up, but will be officially launching on July 4, 2011.
Join me by clicking on the link above, and “liking” the page. Then watch for the launch of the 4th! The Facebook page is just the beginning, and we’ve got some exciting plans for the coming months.
My goal is to get as many people to join as we can by the 4th. That’s kind of my little thing for that day. So, invite your friends and tell them to invite theirs. Let’s get the biggest group to continue this conversation. So, start inviting…
Thanks again for sharing so much of yourselves with me on this journey.
Bernie Siegel, M.D.
Author of 365 Prescriptions for the Soul;
Love, Medicine & Miracles; and Buddy’s Candle
We’ve all been there. A day we wished would simply end.
But let’s be honest. How many of us, that very next morning, begin our brand new day thinking about all the negatives of the day before. How many of us let all those cumulative bad day negatives compound until our brand new day doesn’t have a chance.
We need to practice at wiping the slate clean. And before some of you send me the email saying you cannot erase your past, let me finish. I don’t mean forget or erase. I don’t mean “move on”, because as someone who has lost, I know how those two words can sting. I simply mean that life is important enough to deserve a second chance.
We have to be willing to start with a fresh new canvas, and give each new day the chance it deserves. If you are brave enough to release the hurts of the past, your world can open to all the possibilities that exist for you. You need to make room for the good stuff.
So, tomorrow, when you sit on the edge of the bed, ready to face the world, think of yourself as a blank canvas. Your mind, and your thoughts are your paint.
What masterpiece will you create?
Go be an artist,
Have a listen to Joshua Radin in this quirky but applicable video. Love him.