New Day, New Chapter
“Not everything has a happy ending, but that’s life. Just pick up the pieces and move on to the next chapter” – Unknown
Something tragic happened here. A bridge was destroyed or a chasm opened up where there used to be solid ground. Seems to be a great graphic for what the world looks like at the moment.
All kinds of stories and possibilities. Sounds like some relationships doesn’t it? You meet someone, get to know them. Start loving and trusting them. Years may go by with you both the best of friends. Maybe it is even a sibling or a parent. Something breaks down in the relationship and everything ends. It could be gradual or suddenly without warning. The father cuts off the child because the child isn’t doing what the father wants. The brother and sister get into an ugly fight, saying unspeakable things as only those who truly know us can. Years go by without them speaking to each other. Your best friend cheated with your spouse.
“The moral of this story is that no matter how much we try, no matter how much we want it . . . some stories just don’t have a happy ending” – Jodi Picoult
Or this could be the job that you thought you were indispensable at. You worked long hours – days, nights and weekends spent away from your family. You poured your heart and soul and even your identity into the job and they fired you or laid you off, or the company shut its doors. No warning, no idea it was going to happen. You are devastated. You feel you are a failure. You feel like you were used up and then thrown out with the trash.
“There are moments which mark your life. Moments when you realize nothing will ever be the same and time is divided into two parts – before this, and after this” – Fallen
Or maybe something terrible happens. Like my sister, your only child is murdered. The loss of the child ends your marriage and you find yourself lost and alone. Or maybe it is tragic news for your personal health. So many possibilities of tragic things that can happen in your life, that leaves you lost, alone, afraid and thinking that your life is over.
“Anyone who tells you to get over it and stop living in the past clearly doesn’t understand the concept of time. If you’re feeling it now – it’s the present” – Ranata Suzuki
The thing that all these stories have in common, is that you need to grieve what the loss to you is. You need to go through the stages of grief for the loss. You need to work through and let go of the guilt, anger, lost love, loss or betrayal. It seems that when these things come into your life you get into a fighting mode. You fight to hold on to what is falling off the edge of the tracks. Then you fight to let it go before it drags you down into the chasm.
“Grief never ends . . . But it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith . . . It is the price of love” – Unknown
There always comes the day when you feel like you’re actually going to start to live again. It starts gradually. You find yourself smiling or laughing. It might shock you at first. But gradually the grief lessens, and the joys start coming back into your life. You become less scared. You are less terrified that you are so broken that you won’t be whole again.
You start grabbing onto scraps of courage. You realize that there is a sacredness to tears. They cleanse your soul. They speak not only of the grief you are going through, but also of the love you had. You know that you are turning a corner, when you can hold the grief in one hand and the love in the other. You realize that you don’t have to pick one. You realize that when you put your hands together, they are just opposite sides of the same coin.
“The weird, weird thing about devastating loss is that life actually goes on. When you’re faced with a tragedy, a loss so huge that you have no idea how you can live through it, somehow, the world keeps turning, the seconds keep ticking” – James Patterson
You realize that you are stumbling through a “dark night of the soul”. It’s like a natural disaster has hit you. It tore everything you have built off the foundations. The wood, the windows, the roof, is in pieces, and they are lying around like someone smashed a popsicle fort. Like Humpty Dumpty, you feel like you can’t be put back together again. You realize when the pity party has broken up and all of the revelers have left you alone, is that this is also something wonderful.
Instead of being unhappy with your floor plan; instead of just repainting the same walls and ceilings trying to dress up something you were already unhappy with – you get to rebuild from the foundation up. You get to build from rock bottom a new solid foundation with the floor plan of your dreams and the best paint colors you can dream up. You get a “do over” and get to rebuild your life. You decide, you choose to be the Queen of your own specially designed life.
“One day she finally grasped that unexpected things were always going to happen in life. And with that, she realized the only control she had was how she chose to handle them. so, she made the decision to survive using courage, humor, and grace. She was the Queen of her own life and the choice was hers” – Kathy Kennet
A new pattern of thoughts
You are using the brain in your head, heart, and root chakra – You listen to you soul’s voice of intuition and seek fulfillment of your life purpose. You realize that you don’t have to have it all figured out, in order to move forward towards your dreams – just the next step.
A new way of using the emotional vibrational scale
Stay in positive emotions. When the negative emotions come up, like a wave riding into the shore, you allow them to dissipate into the sand and be released. You don’t hold on to them, rather like the foam left behind as the wave withdraws, the negative emotions simply fade away.
A new spiritual connection to the world
You face yourself and fully accept who you are, a perfectly imperfect person. A divine child of God. With a divine commission to fulfill.
A new belief system
It’s ok to be daring and different, not afraid to live out loud who you really are. You are a person of integrity towards your life purpose and with imaginative vision you seek to walk your own path in love, trust, and grace.
“Your life will consist of a series of times when you must reinvent yourself. We desperately cling to the idea that things should stay the same, but life and growth are about change. Don’t mistake the end of a chapter for the end of the story. Lean into the plot changes, and follow your character arc. If you are in a dark part of your tale, know that this night will not last forever, but you must be brave enough to see it through. This is not the end, oh no my friend. Take courage, better things await you” – John Mark Green