Hello hello! Grace here.
I hope this finds you safe, happy and healthy. I really do.
As many of you know (from one of Mum’s recent blogs) my lovely Mark and I have had a rough couple of weeks, with the news of his good friend Pete’s death. I’d prefer to not talk about it publicly, but I don’t think that is healthy or helps anyone. And I’m always saying ‘sharing is caring’ aren’t I? It feels weirder not to say anything.
We all go through this at some stage in life, and I know many of you have dealt with your fair share of loss yourselves. Poor Mark lost a very good friend, under tragic circumstances.
The funeral was beyond heartbreaking to say the least, but everyone is managing. We are supporting each other, as well as friends and family, which in turn helps us. It’s just sad all round. Sometimes there is no way to put a positive spin on things, that’s new for me. I’m the queen of spinning positivity around things. But this one has tested me. So, the next thing is to learn acceptance and take that advice that I so often preach to everyone else. Travel gently. I’m sure so many of you can relate to this. So I’m just sticking close to my fella, trying my best to support him through it all and learning acceptance on the side, for myself.
The world can be beautiful. And it can be tragic. And the best thing to do (and possibly the only thing?!) is build acceptance around that. And talk to people about what’s going on in your life. And gradually, with the help of good ol’ TIME, the days start to get brighter again.
Sadly and strangely, as I was writing this, I received more sad news that my lovely friend (and acting manager since 2015) Jenevieve suddenly passed away this week. She was only 44. We just communicated a couple of days ago. Another mind blowing tragedy.
This is a sure sign that I was on the right path though, talking about acceptance. Because it just keeps on coming sometimes. And we have no choice but to accept it. Acceptance acceptance acceptance. Happiness is on the other side of acceptance. I’ve been listing aaaaaall the other wonderful people in my life that are okay today. That’s helping, because there are so many. Acceptance & gratitude. The things to reach for in those sad times. I hope you reach for them too when you’re struggling.
Choosing our weekly Saturday Share cards (as always) was a great exercise for me. Slow down, calm down, look at stunning artwork, appreciate what’s in front of you, be present. Maybe even grab a cup of tea 🙂 Take a breath and join me…
Absolutely beautiful. Each and every one. Thank you for the distraction.
Travel gently… I will be doing the same.
Lotsa love, Grace xo
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