This week marked two holidays that are important to millions of people around the world. Depending on your faith, we hope that you had a joyous Passover or that today you’ll celebrate a happy Easter. Both holidays represent overcoming adversity and the promise of renewal or rebirth. Even if you are not religious, spring itself is a reminder that nature renews itself.
We recognize that this year is unlike any other in our lifetime. We are in our third, or more, week of isolation. The holidays don’t feel quite like a holiday. Our lives are completely different, and as human beings we are wired for certainty. Today, there is a complete lack of certainty about everything.
Perhaps it is time, at the holidays, to name what we are feeling. Some of us are feeling grief from the loss of a loved one. To those people, we send our love and prayers.
The rest of us grieve the loss of our way of living, as we grapple with the uncertainty of when life may return to normal, and what that “normal” will look like.
Harvard Business Review posted an article interviewing David Kessler, the world’s foremost expert on grief. He co-wrote it with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, author of On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss. In the article, David talks about the grief we are going through on multiple levels.
“Emotions need motion. It’s important we acknowledge what we go through. One unfortunate byproduct of the self-help movement is we’re the first generation to have feelings about our feelings. We tell ourselves things like, I feel sad, but I shouldn’t feel that; other people have it worse. We can — we should — stop at the first feeling. I feel sad. Let me go for five minutes to feel sad. Your work is to feel your sadness and fear and anger whether or not someone else is feeling something. Fighting it doesn’t help because your body is producing the feeling. If we allow the feelings to happen, they’ll happen in an orderly way, and it empowers us. Then we’re not victims.”
We also recommend this Podcast interview with Kessler and Bene Brown. It is a worthwhile, inspiring listen to help us understand what we are living through.
We know there is hope. We will get to the other side. Eventually, we can find meaning in the events that have unfolded, and we will find that meaning within ourselves.
Until then, we want to focus on gratitude for all those who are on the front lines, those who are working in the stores so we can get food, supplies, and medicines, and to the numerous warehouse workers, truck drivers and delivery people. They are our heroes.
Be kind to yourself, and more importantly, be kind to each other. We can nurture each other through this and come out stronger on the other side.
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