On Dec. 1, I experienced an unexpected tragedy.
The impact of this experience only I know or understand.
But my husband and parents know the depth of my feelings.
My heart was broken into a million pieces as my best friend of 24 years died unexpectedly.
I tried to hold in my pain by pushing into my client work to mask the feelings deep in my spirit.
But as the days and weeks have passed, I learned that not working through the stages of grief wasn’t helping me.
Little things started coming to mind at the most inopportune times... distracting me and pulling me off my A-game.
I thought I was masking my pain well, but it became clear that not selectively telling others what was wrong only made me look stupid.
After much discussion and prayer, my husband and I decided I needed to talk to someone.
So I reached out to my pastor and scheduled a time for a conversation.
I shared high-level thoughts about what I was going through with a few friends.
I also confided in a dear friend about my raw emotions.
Thankfully she listened, consoled, supported, encouraged, and prayed over me.
And when my husband and I went to meet with our pastor - he did the same.
During our meeting, my pastor told me that what I was going through was normal.
Here’s what I’ve come to realize... it may take me a long time for this gaping hole in my heart to heal, but time can and will heal all wounds.
Insights for Business and Life
It also has helped me gain these insights that you may find helpful:
I feel better just writing this out.
And I’m hopeful that my thoughts help someone in whatever they are going through in life.
From business colleagues and personal friends to complete strangers - we all need to treat each other with kindness and respect.
Let me encourage you to find ways to encourage, support, and love others with kind words and thoughts.
You only have one life to live.
Impact others positively and live your life well.