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5 Life Lessons that Made Me Me – Lesson Four

If you had to choose five life lessons that influenced or molded you into the adult you are today, what would you write about? Over the next few days I’ll be sharing some of my personal life lessons.

Life lessons can be those painful or happy things that alter our life’s direction or change the way we view the world.

Life Lesson #4. Loss is healed one positive and loving step forward.

Loss is a harsh reality no matter our age. You can feel the pain for days, months and years from the loss of a loved one, a beloved pet or even a coveted job or career opportunity. If someone or something is important to you and they are gone, it’s devastating – it hurts.

When my son passed away at six years old I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to feel joy or love again. Part of my heart died that day.

The healing and trusting process took years. I can honestly tell you that even though it has been over forty years, it still hurts.
Looking back I’ve learned:
_ To appreciate what I have in the here and now.

_ To spend quality time with loved ones and express my love daily.

_ That nothing is more important than appreciating the little things in life.

_ That people are more important than accumulating “things.”

_ To make memories I’ll be able to cherish forever.

No, life will never be the same after my losses. No, I’ll never be the same. I have though come to realize and appreciate that it is important emotionally and physically to live fully in the present. I can’t change the past. I can’t sit around and wish things could be different, because they won’t be. I can though live a life that honors the past. Wallowing in the past is not honoring the people who have meant the most to me.

Here are some ways I’ve decided to honor the memories of loved ones:
* Write a biography or story about a person or pet who has passed.

* Donate to a charity in your loved one’s name.

* Plant a special tree or brush as a living symbol of their life.

* Start a family album for future generations to remember those who have passed.

* Complete that degree or project as a way to honor someone’s memory.

Be kind to yourself when dealing with loss. We all deal and heal in our own way. I’ll say it again, loss is healed one positive and loving step forward.

If you have a special memory of a loved one you’d like to share in a post or a story, please let me know. We can make your memory a guest post on this blog. Use the “Contact Sharon” form to get in touch with me.
Here is a link to Life Lesson #1: Life Lesson #1 – There is a price to pay for success.
Here is a link to Life Lesson #2: Life Lesson #2 – Life is going to throw you curve balls.
Here is a link to Life Lesson #3: Life Lesson #3 – You don’t have to be one of the “cool girls” to be cool.

Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs, Women Writers and Women Authors
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
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