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When Life Keeps Happening: Stop. Listen. Learn.

When Life Keeps Happening: Stop. Listen. Learn.

I’ve been offline for the previous a number of weeks. I had meant to be diligently engaged on my newest ebook, constructing new on-line programs, talking, and spending as a lot time as potential having fun with summer time break with my youngsters. However life occurred, once more, and altered my path from “doing,” to stopping, listening, and studying.

My pricey good friend Minae discovered she had most cancers just some months in the past. She didn’t plan it that approach, and her household and associates and so many who liked her definitely didn’t need it that approach. However life simply occurred, to Minae and to all of us, and all too quickly, her life, on this earth, was completed.

My final photograph with Minae, on one in every of her bravest days, only a couple weeks earlier than her passing.

I didn’t need to be grieving the lack of yet one more good friend and “sister.” I didn’t need my youngsters to need to grieve yet one more beloved “mom.” However life has a humorous means of occurring it doesn’t matter what we would like.


What are we to do when life simply retains occurring?

As a result of it is going to, you recognize. It by no means does utterly cease. And if you consider it, why would we would like it to? Even when it’s at its hardest, it’s nonetheless life; and life, I’ve as soon as once more been reminded, is an unimaginable present, regardless of how, or how a lot, it occurs.


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Cease. Pay attention. Study.

I’ve discovered that when life retains occurring, there are some essential “guidelines” to assist us by means of. We should 1) Cease. 2) Pay attention. And three) Study.

1. Cease.

When life challenges come up, we should cease. Cease the busyness. Cease the distractions. Cease the hustle and hurrying. Cease ignoring, denying, or suppressing what’s occurring and the way we actually really feel.

We should cease and concentrate, as a result of if there’s one factor I do know for positive it’s this: When life retains occurring, it’s making an attempt to inform us one thing. There’s all the time a lesson to be discovered, a change that may happen, however we’ll miss it, and significantly miss out, if we fail to cease.

2. Pay attention.

If we don’t cease and break from all that’s distracting us, at the least for a time, we gained’t hear what life is making an attempt to say. We should get nonetheless. Relaxation. Get well. And pay attention.

Take heed to the heartache. Take heed to the grief. Take heed to the worry and the fear and the stress. Really feel the feelings and take heed to what they are saying. They’re educating, all the time educating, if we’ll however pay attention.

Three. Study.

What’s life educating, when it will get all messy?

Principally, it’s educating us the best way to develop, easy methods to “overcome, develop into, and flourish.” It’s educating us the way to overcome the ache, use it to grow to be our subsequent degree of greatest self, and to ultimately flourish once more.

There’s a lot to study from life’s challenges; the chances are infinite. However until we cease, and pay attention, and actively search to study, we’ll merely really feel the ache and sorrow and heartache and keep caught in it. Will probably be for no higher good. It is going to exist solely as emotion inside, as an alternative of remodeling into mild and knowledge and progress, with out.


After which? Rework…

Each new life problem, each loss, grief, worry, misery, each letting go, saying goodbye, and shifting on is in our life for a purpose; it has the potential to rework us. It may rework us from grief to compassion, from worry to boldness, from unhappiness to pleasure. It may rework us from all the time “overcoming,” to turning into and even regularly flourishing, if we’ll however permit it to…


My very own, most up-to-date, stopping, listening, studying transformation…

June 15th, 2018, was fairly a day for my household and me. It started in Prescott, AZ the place I taught a four-hour seminar on Ladies’s Emotional Well being Throughout the Lifespan for a gaggle of unimaginable psychologists. I summoned all my power and positivity, spoke for 3 hours and ended with my track, “Mild of a Little Woman.” Then, I rushed house.

Morning: Singing “Mild of a Little Woman” and educating psychologists about Ladies’s Emotional Well being Throughout the Lifespan.


The 15th was additionally my daughter’s 15th birthday–the golden birthday–and I had presents and night occasions to organize. It additionally occurred to be my grandmother’s 102nd birthday! Sure, you learn that appropriately: 102! The most effective I might do was name as I hurried residence and hope she might hear me properly sufficient to want her yet one more completely happy yr to return.

The 15th was additionally Minae’s funeral.

I arrived residence in time to smile a pressured smile and need Kennedy a “Completely happy Birthday,” after which watch her sigh and supply an ironic, “Thanks,” as we wearing our black clothes and ready to go to the viewing. Kennedy and my son, Tre, sang within the opening choir quantity, carried out by Minae’s choir college students. She was an unimaginable instructor, and beloved by so very many. Listening to, “How can I Hold From Singing” from her college students introduced the tears for every body, and particularly for my youngsters to whom she had been a “bonus mother” in addition to instructor and good friend. I participated in a choir of her Aid Society pals, and that introduced much more. We remembered her life; she was properly celebrated by an enormous turnout and heartfelt messages of affection and the inspiring life she led.

Afternoon: Remembering Minae and the love-filled life she lived.

We returned house after and helped Kennedy off to a birthday dinner together with her shut pal, a good friend who misplaced her mom simply 4 years in the past, my shut good friend Jody, one other “mom” my youngsters have misplaced, one other pal and sister I’ve misplaced, as nicely. Then, we packed up for our summer time trip we’d be leaving for the subsequent day, and opened presents later that night time earlier than crashing into mattress.

The subsequent morning we woke early and have been on the street by 7 to go first to Minae’s burial service, three hours away, after which on to California for our trip.

My daughters and I practiced the music I’d written for Minae, in three-part concord, the entire means down, we met up with my son Colton who was driving one other automotive, to follow his and my guitar enjoying, and stepped out right into a wet, cool summer time day in Queen Creek, AZ. A uncommon expertise to have 70 diploma climate at 10 am in June; it appeared the climate was mourning Minae too.

We have been requested to start the service, and so with as a lot braveness as I might muster, I sang Minae’s track, the track I’d written and sung to her in our final assembly on this life–the music I’d sung as she sat in her hospice mattress, eyes closed, tears streaming down her face as I sang it twice for her daughters and mom and cousin. I sang her track, “Birdsong,” as Colton performed superbly and I stumbled by means of missed chords and notes, after which my women joined in, and it was the perfect tribute we might supply Minae. “We’ll sing, since you sang to us. We’ll reside since you lived. Now your rhythm beats inside us, and we’ll sing and share your present.” A brief service with heartfelt, touching phrases from household and pals, and Minae was put to relaxation. We instantly left for our 6 hour drive to California.


I shared a clip of Minae’s music on my Fb and Instagram streams, in case you’d like to listen to a bit of it.

Written for all to sing in her honor.

Singing “Birdsong,” Minae’s track, within the rain, with Colton, Kennedy, & Sydney (& OJ preserving us dry).


By the point we arrived, unloaded, and received to mattress, we have been exhausted. The next day, after church and lunch, I crashed into a 3 and a half hour, drooling nap.

That is simply a few of my private expertise of a few of these issues, in fact. Her household’s and different associates’ experiences are their very own, and on no account would I examine my loss with theirs.

Nonetheless, I felt, I really feel, her loss deeply, and never solely that; we’d had different “life” occurring even earlier than Minae’s demise, together with good issues like my oldest son graduating from school, me embarking on an enormous new enterprise enterprise and writing my “Mastery of Motherhood” ebook proposal, end-of-school Might-hem together with dance recitals, expertise exhibits, and my daughter’s fifth grade promotion, and even a breast most cancers scare (I’m superb, thank goodness), and a fireplace in our again yard at midnight began by arsonists. And that was simply Might.

I made a decision then and there that I might take the 2 weeks we have been at my mother-in-law’s home in California to utterly let myself be on trip–to remain offline, off my telephone and texts and e-mail and weblog and social media, and to relaxation and get well and heal, to make reminiscences with my youngsters and husband as I additionally let my exhausted physique mend and let myself really feel and course of the grief that remained.

Now, I might simply let all of it go. And I did. I learn novels and attended the temple and sat on the seashore and watched the waves, and slept in, and did so many enjoyable issues with the youngsters, and it was good. And I discovered. I ended. I listened. I discovered.

San Diego Temple, with my son, Colton. A lovely place, with lovely individuals, having lovely experiences, on a gorgeous day.

Jet-skiing in Mission Bay with 4 of my youngsters. Pictured right here with Brody and Sydney.

I figured once we returned from trip I’d get again to work, having let myself cease and grieve, however grief doesn’t work that approach and neither does life. We don’t get to determine how lengthy we really feel what we really feel or the way it exhibits up in our every day life. The week after trip I nonetheless felt “off,” exhausted, moody, and I used to be having nightmares. Fortunately, I as soon as once more stopped, listened, and discovered.


Study…and Rework

I discovered first, on trip, by listening to my coronary heart.

I discovered that I had dealt with this latest loss nicely. I had proven up for Minae and been her pal to the top. I had liked her, as I’d promised I might, by way of her sickness, and I didn’t cover away like I used to be so tempted to do, to keep away from the ache of loss. I couldn’t. I beloved her, and I might really feel the ache anyway, so I couldn’t, I wouldn’t keep away.

I discovered by listening to my feelings.

I discovered that I didn’t let this loss eat me, as I’ve completed with losses up to now. I didn’t let grief overtake me and cease my very own dwelling simply because her dwelling was coming to an finish. The truth is, her life and the ebbing away of it impressed and moved me to reside all of the extra. I let myself really feel and cope with the feelings as they got here, I let myself heal all alongside, and much more, I let myself serve and love and reside to the fullest!

I discovered by listening to my spirit, and to God.

I’d dreamt of Minae a number of occasions after her funeral, and had woken unhappy and teary, as a result of I as soon as once more realized she was actually gone. However I’ve additionally let myself really feel the love I’ve for her, and keep in mind her, and sing her track with my youngsters and share reminiscences as they’ve remembered and beloved her, and we’ve been capable of cease, and pay attention, and study, and heal collectively, as soon as once more.

I’ve discovered by listening to my goals and waking hours, noticing I dreamt 3 times final week of  being indignant and screaming at others! I noticed that I felt irritable and exhausted through the day. It took a couple of days and a few quiet time to lastly “get” what my physique was telling me: I used to be indignant, and the anger wanted to be handled. I learn a number of of my articles on grief and loss, which helped greater than I assumed it might, reminding me that that is what grief is; anger is a part of the deal. I additionally realized I had different frustrations I’d let construct up that wanted to be processed and handled. I wrote in my journal and talked with my husband and created a lot wanted alone time. Thus, I discovered once more as I made time and area to course of and cope with the undesirable feelings that simply stored arising.

I’ve discovered as soon as once more that when life occurs, and particularly when somebody or one thing you’re keen on ends, it’s okay, it’s good, it’s important to cease and pay attention and study, to push apart the objectives and needs and all you assume you “want” to do, for a time, as a lot as you probably can, and to let your self merely really feel, keep in mind, relaxation, recuperate, sleep and heal. After which to wake and stay.

Life has reworked me so many occasions. It’s reworking me as soon as extra.


Let Life Rework You

A lot as I need to be finished with this spherical of grief and therapeutic and studying, I do know I’m not. It takes time, studying from life, and we have to be affected person. And but, I additionally know that I nonetheless really feel the keenness for and great thing about life, and in the present day I awakened smiling, spontaneously. I really feel glad, and blessed, and full of affection and sure, even pleasure. The anger has gone, and I really feel peace.

I do know that as we do this stuff–as we let life occur, and even higher, select to cease, pay attention, and study from what occurs–we’ll discover we’re reworked. It might not occur shortly, and it definitely gained’t occur simply, however with time and endurance and braveness to do the work of stopping, studying and listening, we’ll someday discover ourselves, our ideas, our feelings, our lives reworked into one thing a bit of (or rather a lot) larger than we have been earlier than.

And that, to me, is the best present, the most effective compensation for all of the hardness of life. That, to me, is what makes life so completely, remarkably lovely, particularly when it’s arduous.


I might love to listen to from you.

What are your “transformational” life experiences? What do you do when life simply retains occurring? How, and what, have you ever discovered via the toughest occasions of life?

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