One quality has marked my life: Sincerely Seeking.
I was born lost and clueless. I don't know about you, but I didn't particularly enjoy these feelings. Marriage and its commitment, settled my fears; it felt orderly and natural. How can I express the enormous 'settledness' of union with a beloved? Strong wills aside, my husband and I figured things out. Love knit us together.
Then he died, setting me adrift in a sea of widows and widowers, lost and clueless like myself. I found great comfort and hope knowing how common widowhood was. Some how this made it less scary. Though there is no 'one size fits all' course for widows, seeing some navigate with courage and fortitude through that sea gave me hope. We all know there is no going back; death wipes out the familiar landscape. One must carry on. The tools I first used, impatience and pluck, helped, but weren't enough to bring me out of the sea of grief. Many widows and widowers were making it to another side, establishing a happy, new life. They were getting there. Could I? How could I?
I've come to believe the key to getting to shore is sincerely seeking a new life. Sincerely letting go of the old. Sincerity opens the way to
- what is real, what is true
- our wounds, so they can heal
- our unmet needs, so we can find ways to meeting them
- having our life mean something to somebody else
- kindness from others
- kindness in ourselves to deal with callousness in others
- lessons, and more lessons
- our sheer grit - You Go Girl!
- courage to experiment, fail, and succeed
- appreciation for our own very special qualities
- facing our future even though death is in it
- facing our future, with love in it
It took me a while, a great while, but I resorted to the second one. I'm going to stick with it. I have crossed over, to a new life. It's pretty darn good. Seven and a half years out, my heart is bigger. My interests have grown and changed, and are satisfying. My days are happier, on balance. I enter this holiday season without dread. I don't look back to the old life, wishing I could go back. I've opened my heart to a new person. Two new people, actually. Me, and a new 'he'.
I hope this helps, if you're lost.