I won’t sugar coat this journey – it is horrible! Sometimes the grief and loss is manifested in anger, rage, resentment, and a bitter dislike for the world in general. That is a very dark place – and not a healthy place. I let myself fall into that “PIT” and I was struggling to climb out. So, I decided to wallow instead. I curled up on the couch, cuddled my iPAD, and started watching a movie – Disney’s Cinderella (2015) with Lily James.
I have watched this movie a dozen times, at least – but this time…..one phrase spoke directly to me.
“Have courage and be kind.”
I cannot pull myself out of this pit in one step. I cannot heal myself and I cannot avoid the pain. But I can “Have courage and be kind”. Throughout the day, when I started feeling bitter and snarky – I stopped and repeated, “Have courage and be kind”.
No, it isn’t an immediate cure for all that ails and pains. But it is a tiny, tiny spark –
I can muster a little bit of courage to face the day and a small measure of kindness to give away.
Let’s all remember – everyone is carrying some pain. Everyone is on their own journey. Who knows what healing power may exist in a small act of kindness?
So, thank you Ella, for reminding me “Have courage and be kind.”