I recorded this video, sharing how I felt—a mix of sorrow then joy—in that very moment as we arrived home. Earlier, Geordie and I attended a Celebration of Life for a wonderful doctor we both worked with who was five years younger than me. There were hundreds of grieving people there, all sharing great stories of how he had positively affected their lives.
One of his close friends arrived late and said to me, "I just delivered a baby."
The circle of life, all in the same day. His heart was broken losing his friend. And just before, he was present for someone’s greatest moment; delivering a baby and a new life beginning.
Life is like that sometimes, isn’t it? Someone is immersed in grief, sadness,
and devastation while someone else is experiencing the best moment of their lives.
And you could be there for both; laughter, tears, sadness and joy all in the same day!
As we left this Celebration of Life, my heart was heavy. And then we were home and had to prepare to celebrate a birthday. Our twins had decided for the first time that they wanted separate parties. So from grief to happiness, it was time to get ready to greet three girls who were arriving shortly for a sleepover, to celebrate Jadyn’s birthday!
All we can do, as we navigate this journey and find ourselves on emotional roller-coasters
is the best we can do. We need to show up for ourselves, show up for each other,
discover our beliefs about life and death… and sometimes we just have to hold on.
A baby is born, a Celebration of Life, a 12 year old’s birthday party all in the same day.
Some days you will feel great sorrow, great joy,
tears and laughter. Just hold on.
Has life ever been like this for you?
1/26/2017 08:11:54 am
Life goes on for everyone even in times of grief and happiness..
1/26/2017 10:56:27 am
You are so right, Anne. And the more we empower and accept the inevitabilities of this journey, the less we will suffer and be able to hold onto the joy! :)
1/26/2017 08:23:34 am
Yes I was there with you that day. From a " celebration of end of life "...to Jadyn and tanner's Celebration of 12th Year of lifel!!!
1/26/2017 10:57:23 am
It truly is amazing how we can show up in grief and in happiness if we are well prepared!
1/26/2017 09:05:45 am
Kudos to you for being so strong Yvonne, life is full of twist and turns. The best thing of that day is you celebrated life in three different ways. Like I was once said about a quote I once heard, "If you don't make change, change will make you." Have a great day. For it only comes at us one day at a time.
1/26/2017 10:59:17 am
I love that quote,"If you don't make change, change will make you." If we don't accept that "change is the only constant" we will not find unshakable happiness. And that is where I want to live!! :)
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Yvonne Heath is Canada's Proactive Living Consultant. She is a Speaker, Television Host, Award Winning Author
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