For me, the holidays are not all merry and bright. Rather, this season is overshadowed by memories that poignantly remind me of significant losses in my life. Thus on a yearly basis, I find myself looking to the new year with hopes for healing.
I am constantly seeking out advice, counsel, and practical ways to find emotional comfort anew. Here are several Iíve recently found having relevance to everyone with the intention to overcome hardship in 2017. They address kindness, healing, and gratitude:
Think of a family you cared for whose loved one died in 2016. Send them a note telling them you were thinking of them over the holidays.
Before the first of the year, get a large jar with a lid. Starting January 1st, fill the jar periodically with notes about good things that happened. On December 31, 2017, open the jar and read your notes. Reflect on the goodness you have experienced.
Also, in January, write a letter to yourself describing how you want to evolve, change, or grow in the first half of 2017. Be specific, identify what you want to do, feel more of, or try new. Seal the letter and attach it to the July page of a 2017 calendar; open the letter on July 1, 2017. Similarly, at the end of July, write yourself a subsequent letter that addresses the second half of 2017; attach it to the December page of your calendar and read it December 31, 2017.
Finally, on the first day of each month, pick one thing that you are grateful for and place it on your refrigerator door. Reflect on this each morning. Post a new gratitude reflection the first day of each month of 2017.
These small exercises are not meant to negate or minimize your sense of sorrow or emotional pain. Rather they are intended to help you consciously remember the good and the positive within your current reality. Awhile back I heard someone say that you canít go around grief, you have to go through it. Taking baby steps to mend on a daily basis is one way to accomplish this difficult task.
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