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Grieving Hearts Need You

November 3, 2010

Are you feeling the shifts that are happening in the world?  Election results from yesterday’s visit to the polls for thousands indicate big political shifts for our country.  A slowly recovering economy has meant major shifts for small businesses and now the upcoming holiday season is forcing big shifts on families coping with grief; things have changed and will never be the same.

How are you responding as a healer and a helper?  Do you commiserate with what you think to be a helpful tone of agreement when a customer or client complains?  Or do you offer a vision of what you see as possible for the future in a way that inspires and offers hope?

I know, it’s a huge responsibility.  In an already cluttered day of duties plus running and marketing a business plus tending to personal family needs plus serving in the community plus being on call to hurting families, it is easy to make checking off tasks the day’s goal and to forget about your own vision and do what there is to do.

Except that you’re being called to be a light in the world.  My Grandmother use to say “actions speak louder than words”.  If she were here today I would have to respectfully disagree.  I think today more than ever, our actions plus our words make a big impact on those around us.  And we need to use both  to express the highest good.

People are watching you.  Not in a creepy, stalker-like way, but more in a leadership way.  They are watching you to see how you respond to their loss, what you suggest they do to manage it and if you have experienced one like it.   And behind their thinly-veiled reply of “We’re doing okay”, they’re watching you for clues on how to make it through the night.

Now is the time to show up in the world with your heart more open than it’s ever been.  How do you do that?  How would you like to do that even more effectively this holiday season?  How can the Life Preservers community support you in it?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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