When life becomes painful for you or someone you care about, how should you respond? Here are two useful strategies – the first for dealing with your pain, and the second for relating to others about their pain.
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I really liked that you acknowledged that this is indeed a fact of life. Quoting my favorite movie helps too 🙂
To often we simply try to brush it off as something we shouldn’t experience or feel but it truly has an important role in our life.
Strangely you always seem to relay a message that is super relevant in my life at the moment, not always, but more often than not. I lost my best friend 3 weeks ago and the best thing that I was given was permission to feel just how I am feeling without any guilt. I did not think I had a right to hurt as much as I did, he wasn’t my husband just my friend. But I did and I still do have the right to hurt and to be in pain and it is still ok. It is not as consuming as it was nor does it affect me as much as it did, but the pain is still real and still present. Another friend lost their grandfather last week and although I can relate, I don’t know his exact feelings and all I can do is tell him I love him and I am here for him and thinking about him. Most people don’t know how to respond when others are in pain, you definitely gave great insight there. It is the little things that matter the most and just being there.
Thank you for all you do. You are an inspiration and inspiring person.
Like almost always Dan, you offer an inspirational messages that speaks to what I am experiencing, my son is in emotional pain that I cannot start to understand. He is being diagnosed now by a clinic here in Japan, of course his actions and how he expresses it is of concern…you are right there is no way I can experience what he is feeling. Very hard as a parent.