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Accepting Sadness…

This picture is what I do when I am sad.
Keep smiling. Pretend everything is okay.
Other ideas I’ve tried (among others . . .):
  • eating
  • not eating
  • exercising
  • not exercising
  • sleeping
  • not sleeping
  • reading
  • not reading
  • believing my thoughts
  • arguing with my thoughts
Know what the hardest thing for me to do is? Move into my feelings of sadness. Too scary. Will I ever come back? Will I die?
This is why I cry in the shower, in the bathtub, and when I am swimming. I feel supported by the water; I merge with the very tears that are coming out of my body and I am in a state of surrender.
My son has a move that he made up in the pool last week.
He floats on his back, puts his arms out like he is a cross, and repeats quietly in a low singing voice: “Water Jesus.”
I think he’s trying to tell me something. Kids are so darn smart before they begin to forget and learn all the grown up stuff. Thanks, Max.
Still okay.
Love,
Dana
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Dana Lynne Curry, Ph.D., has been teaching middle school English (with no low bun) for over 23 years. She is a gReaT-fuL Writer, Storyteller, Teacher, Student, Irreverent GoofBall, Blogger, Servant, Philosopher, Spiritual Collagist (is that a word?), Mama, LoVer of LiFe!, Amazing Friend, and one cOOL pUsSy caT!! Find Dana at funfreeME  on Facebook and on Twitter @funfreeMe1.
  • taffy

    hi dana, just wanted to say i really connected with your post today, and with funfreeME, and wanted to say thanks!

    • danalynnecurry

      So grateful this resonated with you!
      Blessings,
      Dana

  • Jane

    Jesus, I hear you, Dana. I’m struggling right now with my feelings of sadness mixed with anger. Trying to work it out – feel it out & move forward. It’s difficult but necessary for me to come out the other side feeling sane.
    ~ Jane

    • danalynnecurry

      Hi Jane–
      Yes, going around the pain and anger is definitely more expensive than moving through them. I know it only gets better!
      Lots of love,
      Dana

  • Pam

    Me, too! Thank you so much for this. You have put my thoughts and feelings for the past several months into words in an amazing way. Like Jane, a mix of anger and sadness. Holy Cow. NOT FUN, but necessary. I am being reborn, I think, and will be different… in a good way!!

    • danalynnecurry

      We are all being reborn on a momentary basis. Thank God! It helps when I can stay with my breath . . . and experience life breath by breath.
      Much love,
      Dana

  • Candace

    Me too!! I’m with you girl:)

    • danalynnecurry

      We are NOT alone, Candace–and we are evolving to the next amazing place!
      Lots of love,
      Dana

  • Heather

    Beautifully said Dana! Thank you for sharing. We do need to ‘deal’ with our sadness &/or grief or we can’t move forward with our our wonderful lives that are just waiting to be lived! xo

    • danalynnecurry

      Thanks, Heather! Have a beautiful day.
      Dana