For the past 30 days, I shared excerpts from Dancing Alone: Learning to Live Again. I wrote during the height of grieving not knowing if I’d ever find a way through. It’s now nearly three years since Babe died. I wish grieving on no one; yet, grieving waits for each of us on our journey. It’s not a pleasant thought. I’m happy I didn’t know what it felt like before it happened. As tough as it is, grieving has been a great teacher. Here are 10 lesson I learned on this journey.
- Everyone has scars, don’t compare.
- Everyone who grieves, hurts. Don’t judge anyone.
- It doesn’t matter if you are Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jew, Buddhist, Agnostic, Atheist, or other, it hurts like hell. Anyone who grieves deserves compassion.
- Unpack all the good memories and be grateful for each one.
- Live each day as if it is the only day you have.
- Life isn’t fair, don’t worry about it.
- Life is a wonderful gift, don’t waste it.
- There is no answer to why, so don’t waste time looking for an answer.
- Don’t wait to be loved by others, reach out and connect and keep on connecting.
- Life wins. Love wins. Never quit. Never give up.
There are many other lessons, but these quickly come to mind. I’m grateful for the time Babe and I had together. I’m grateful for the space in which I find myself. I’m going to keep on living, keep on smiling, and keep on singing.
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Excerpt From: Dancing Alone: Learning to Live Again by Ray Calabrese. This material is protected by copyright.