A Note From Dr. Beverly Nelson, Director
Losing someone or something that is precious to us can make us question everything around us. The truth is, nothing lasts. I don’t mean this in a pessimistic way, of course. It’s about acknowledging the most relevant evident characteristic of life: impermanence. That is what makes everything so beautiful. It is here now – the sunset, a flower in bloom, the smile on someone’s face – and we know it will end, eventually. That’s why it’s so important to always be present, so that you don’t miss the experience and be as happy as you can ever be, always.
What to do when an unexpected loss comes our way? It is necessary, and normal, to grieve. However, we can’t linger there forever. We may miss some wonderful, new and positive things that are coming our way. Many people tend to keep their arms folded, to comfort themselves for a recent loss. It may be comforting, at least for a while, but wouldn’t it be much better if they open their arms as wide as they can? How else are we going to receive all the good that is trying to find its way into our lives?
Whether it’s the end of the year, the end of a phase in your professional life, the end of the day, the end of a relationship –don’t cling to your past. Open your arms as widely as you can and something great is bound to happen!