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Still with us

It’s good to nudge ourselves to pause and reflect. Sometimes it’s easier to just keep doing and focusing on all the joy and the fun, but reflecting and checking in with our hearts and souls is so necessary. And healing.

Reflecting

In my reflecting, I’m not glossing over the fact that our family navigated 2023, our first new year without my dad in it. If this was you, or you are letting go of 2023 along with a precious loved one who won’t be with you in 2024, let’s just be honest and admit that this is hard. Let’s imprint memories of and with them into our minds and hearts.ย 

Let’s try to let go of the “what-ifs” and “if onlys” and focus on all that was. Yes, we should feel what we truly feel and this includes the sadness and pain. ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐œ๐ค ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž. We owe It to ourselves and them to live joyfully and continue to share the best of them with others as we do.ย 

Our loved ones are still with us

I listened to the Happy New Year voicemail that my dad left two years ago. Just as it has the other times I’ve listened to it, it stirred all the emotions to hear his voice and feel like he was right here with me. And it reminded me of what I know deep in my soul – ๐’‰๐’† ๐’Š๐’” ๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’Ž๐’†. As is my mom and other loved ones who have passed away. As are your loved ones who have passed away.ย 

May you find them, and peace and comfort, in the new year. ๐Ÿฉต

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