“Gratitude for Grief” 8.12.19

My youngest daughter is moving out and my middle daughter, the last one at home, will likely be moving out within the year. It is an emotional time for my family – the sisters (even my oldest daughter who moved out 3 years ago) are feeling it, I am feeling it, my husband is feeling it – a silence in our home that has brought with it, a feeling of grief and separation. The words: “She’s gone.” came to me this morning in my quiet meditation this morning on our Gratitude Call.

It feels very much like the death of a loved one. I feel a physical severing of heart strings that once held my daughter to me as only ‘mine’.

This morning, I embraced this new chapter and the space it is opening up for me and my husband. And I am choosing to focus on the new space created.

Every time we choose something new, we are releasing ourselves from the past. There is a sense of grief associated with every change.

Even something as powerful and positive as giving all of myself to God, carries with it buried selfish desires, in favor of aligning with God’s plans. (Thanks Martha, for your thoughts on that subject)

With grief, there are many stages, and infinite ways that people navigate those stages. Thanks to Kathy for sharing her acquaintance with grief and the wisdom that even if someone gets stuck in grief, it is up to us to support with love and acceptance, and to leave judgment behind.

With our own process of grief, Felicia suggested we allow emotion and to not judge ourselves for being human, and to give ourselves permission to be where we are in the moment.

Our lives are never what we expect, but with God as our guide, they are perfect. I recently read a poem quoted by James A. Garfield (20th President of the United States) in Destiny of the Republic:

“We have but faith: we cannot know; For knowledge is of things we see. And yet we trust it comes from Thee, A beam in darkness: let it grow.” -Alfred Lord Tennyson’s

In our Permission Process each day in our Gratitude Call, we give ourselves permission to move through with acceptance and anticipation, each new aspect of God’s plan for us as it unfolds.

Thanks to Mary, on our call today, reminding us that with the release of the past, comes hope for the future.

Today, I Give Myself Permission to Release the Past

  • I am excited to see what’s next
  • I am about to find out what God only knows
  • I anticipate good things in my future
  • I love what is and I embrace what’s next
  • I am grateful for what was and I am ready for what’s next
  • My life is perfect
  • I love my life!
  • I am grateful to God for preparing me for this moment
  • I am ready

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