By David Coy
loved the books and stories of Dr. Seuss when I was a child, and that love has endured and continued to this very day. My wife even uses them in part of her school class library to teach her students. It is sad that some people have so much hate inside them they would attack something so precious that gives so much happiness to young people. Sorrow and sadness we all can understand as we all have experienced. Perhaps also some of us have found ourselves in our journey with grief stuck in the past. We may be brooding over a loss or losses that have come our way wishing they had not. These regrets can saddle us as burdens we carry with us day by day. Dr. Seuss is credited as having said something that I would like to use as a theme for this week’s talk.
He said, “Do not cry because it is over; smile because it happened.” I think I know what he meant. We can mourn ourselves to a state of depression and despondency fretting over our past. Someone else put it a different way when they said we need to let our past be our past and leave it there and focus on the present while we plan and work for the future. That is what we try to do here at Sunrise Aftercare. We teach the fundamentals of grief, sorrow and recovery while supporting a person’s journey with grief. At the same time, we emphasize that they still have a purpose to fulfill even though their life has drastically changed. We can not change the past, but we can influence the future by learning as we live each day and trying to be a person though different today from yesterday, thankful for the relationships we have had more than how long they were here blessing our lives. Live each day thankful and learn to smile again. Look forward to seeing you in grief support in the near future.
This is Sunrise Aftercare.