Hi Friends, What did you implement last week? Did you connect with someone? If you follow me on social media you will see how I am grieving my brother's death. Well, part of it anyway. I feel the support of many and I am so touched by those who are reaching out via email or otherwise and sending me your condolences. I am deeply grateful. You know what you did? You connected. One heart to another heart. I pass it on to my brother. Every morning when I walk, I walk with him. Every morning when I have my coffee, I have coffee with him. And when I sit at my desk, I write to him in a little journal I started. It's my way of keeping him close. I even took him to a lighthouse lighting at the beach even though he doesn't like the beach. He had no choice. He's so close now, he's coming along. One thing I find so beautiful is the many friends and family members who reached out. My kids all came over to be together after I told them the sad news and the ones living further away called. Yes, my gut feeling was confirmed. He died by suicide. I am joining many over the coming holidays who are grieving. I even made a webinar a few years back called Grieving Through the Holidays. You can find it by searching this title in FB groups. Maybe I'll listen to it. Friends sent books and poems to help me through. Today, I chose a picture of a group hug. To me, this speaks of belonging. Belonging is a human need. One of our biggest human needs. He tried so hard to belong. I wish I had moved him over here so he could live with us. I was seriously considering it. Wondering how I could make that happen with his meds, and getting a visa, and finding work, and friends and public transportation. My plan never became a reality. I trust he felt connected while we talked and every time we visited.
There is a reason the word belonging has a synonym for want at its center. It's the human condition. Jodi Picout
We all long to belong.
Mental illness or not, we are all weird in our own ways. And we don't get along.
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You belong. You are meant to be here. At this time. Open your heart and see.
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You are loved. Deeply loved. Loved beyond measure.
Until next time, Isabelle
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