January 5, 2022
It’s day five of 2022, and all I can say is, ‘Phew … thank you, Lord, for carrying me through the past two years!’ Am I the only one?
2020 started off with anticipation. My dad had just undergone a surgical procedure after several months of declining health, and he expressed excitement about our upcoming travel to Mexico. See he and I planned annual daddy-daughter international travels, something we started in 2013. Unfortunately, just two months later – on March 23, 2020 – he died alone in a hospital (due to the arrival of COVID-19) as a result of heart failure.
Naturally, this thrust me into a bit of a tailspin. Not only did I experience physical health challenges, but I also began to question many aspects of my life. First and foremost, WHY this was happening again dominated my thoughts. Just 8 years prior, my mom died in her home as a result of Stage IV pancreatic cancer. I felt as if I’d never experience long-lasting emotional relief.
By the grace of God, however, I walked through the year with more ups than downs. This is not to say my relationships, physical health, and emotional well-being didn’t take any hits. They definitely did! Nevertheless, it became clear to me again that I too could ‘die’ alongside my parents or take steps to live. I chose life. I quit a full-time job in the pursuit of freedom and began to make myself a bigger priority.
Then came 2021. Need I say more? More COVID-19 and dis-ease on a global level. More necessary pivots. In addition, an understanding that change, unpredictability, and mid-course corrections weren’t going anywhere anytime soon arose.
Friend, you’re not alone … even though it may seem so. This seemingly never-ending season has impacted each of us in significant ways. Life is not the same. Or ‘normal’ in any way. On the COVID-19 front, here’s a TODAY show write-up about what we might expect throughout 2022: https://www.today.com/health/health/will-life-covid-19-2022-rcna8700. In addition, I know this doesn’t even include the day-to-day struggles you face, including loss.
I want to encourage you, however. Partly because I’m an eternal optimist and fighter. Further, we can all use a little encouragement these days, right?
As a grieving heart, I absolutely know how important it is to equip yourself with tools to get through the day-to-day. Here are the ones I consistently implement …
I don’t share the tools and resources I’ve created to support other perfectly imperfect folks, like me, often enough. So here goes.
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