For almost a year now I’ve been quietly posting almost daily under my project name of The Grief Practice over on Instagram. I alternate posting words with photos, and tonight I wrapped up many of them into this little list. Because I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s nice to have all the words in one place.
Often I expand on the concept in the body of the post, but I’ve kept this list sweet and short.
- Don’t toss your broken pieces aside. You’ll need them to complete the puzzle of your heart.
- Sometimes we don’t every say Goodbye to them, to us, to who we used to be.
We just say hello to each new breath, each new moment, each new day.
- We are not give what we can handle.
We handle what we are given.
- You’ll get there faster by going slower.
- You don’t need to know it or name it to heal it.
- Let Grief speak. Just like Love it has something to say.
- We don’t work against sadness.
We work with sadness.
- There is nothing wrong with you. There is nothing wrong with your grief. You are having a tremendous human experience.
- When we can’t look forward, we can look up.
- Healing is not linear or logical.
- The only grief anyone can be an expert on is their own.
- Honor the collapse.
- Follow your grief’s lead. It knows the way back home.
- Grief is not contagious.
- The way through is in.
- Grief expands before it shrinks.
- The old rules don’t apply now.
- We can’t talk ourselves out of how we feel.
- The body processes slower than the mind.
- Grief isn’t just about grief.
- Exile nothing.
- The darkness teaches us many things, one of which is to celebrate the light.
The other is how to see in the dark.
- Before we can move on, we have to move in.
- Too much Shhh. Not enough Sacred.
- Our bodies are the first home for our grief, starting with the feeling of our hearts breaking.
- Our stories of how things ended are also stories of how we begin.
- Sometimes our outer facade can’t keep up with our inner pain.
- Happy endings are for fairy tales.
Real life is about Courageous beginnings.
Update! It’s been 5 years since this post and I’ve been writing this whole time! For more thoughtful one-liners on grief and being human, head over to my IG page @thegriefpractice xox-Monique