I share these words as a guide for the bereaved in the New Year.
Enough Light for the Next Step
Often we want to be able to see into the future.
We say, “How will next year be for me?”
Where will I be five or ten years from now?
There are no answers to these questions.
Mostly we have just enough light to see the next step: what we have to do in the coming hour or the following day.
The art of living is to enjoy what we can see and not complain about what remains in the dark.
When we are able to take the next step with the trust that we will have enough light for the step that follows, we can walk through life with joy and be surprised at how far we go (Henri Nouwen).
In other words, live in the moment. Calm your fears and anxiety but reminding yourself that you have exactly what you need for the next hour or day or week.
I hope this thought process brings a sense of calm and peace. In addition, see the prior blog post titled New Year’s Resolutions for the Bereaved for additional helpful and healing ways to approach the New Year.
Cheers to accomplishing some good grief work in the New Year!