Grief is a Journey That Knows its Way

There’s a feeling of collective grief in the air.  A loss of how things were, the world we knew.  Leaders are saying that when this virus slows down and we’re able to be out and about again that there will be a new normal.  That’s a fundamental change, a loss of life as we knew it.  That doesn’t have to be a bad thing overall.  Perhaps it will allow some positive changes and the losses will be replaced with better things.  But it does require a journey through grief which doesn’t always feel good…

I received the following celtic reflection from a colleague and wanted to share it:

“Grief has a structure; it knows the direction and it will take you through.  It is amazing how time and again, one of the most consoling factors in experience is that each experience has a sure structure; this is never obvious to us while we are going through something.  But when we look back, we will be able to pick out the path that offered itself.  Experience always knows its way.  And we can afford to trust our souls much more than we realize. The soul is always wiser than the mind, even though we depend on the mind to read the soul for us.  Though travel is slow on the grief journey, you will move through its grey valley and come out again on the meadow where light, colour, and promise await to embrace you.”   –John O’Donohue

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