[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] This past Sunday’s service was called “Heart Broken Open”. Share a positive attribute or strength that was the result of an experience of heartbreak, either for you or someone close to you.
- Became more in touch with my body and emotions after experiencing severe panic attacks in my early 20s.
- Having more empathy for women experiencing a miscarriage after I had one myself
- Husband died unexpectedly – had to learn how to successfully do tasks he had always done.
- I had a heartbreak but then realized it was something out of my control. It helped me stay the course to focus on my own trail of self-improvement
- I learned how to forgive and it changed my life
- I learned to make my own choices re: my life based on my wants, needs, goals etc after my parents died when I was in my 20’s. Hard but good lessons without their input.
- I lost my daughter to a drug overdose but have learned so much about unconditional love from her recovery friends who have taken me in as one of their family.
- I think a heartbreak reminds us how deeply we can love. The ferocity of giving our heart completely. I never knew how much I truly loved my dogs until they were gone. I try to keep that in mind with our current dogs- to love them as much as I can while I have time with them.
- Knowing that I could survive and find love again.
- Losing a job I’d held for twenty years, and realizing that it wasn’t about the job, it was about me, and I had the ultimate say in what lay ahead.
- More confident about being able to do things on my own.
- My wife of 27 years died 10 years ago. Through that tragic experience I found my spiritual self and began to re-attend churches and read about spiritual growth. Found Fr. Richard Rohr and recently the Eannaegram.
- The heartbreak of my husband’s 10yr journey through Alzheimer’s taught me that I could be completely responsible for another person’s life and do it with courage, commitment and creativity. My WORST of worst fears, and the main reason I chose it to have children, was absolute terror of holding another person’s life in my hands. What if I missed something critical? What if I didn’t know what to do? What if, what if, what if?! I cared for John with love and competence that came with reading, going to seminars, eventually, taking enough university courses in dementia to earn a masters in gerontology (short of an 8wk internship, which I did not need to further my goals). I was able to do what I had believed my entire life that I could not do.
- The understanding of the value of maintaining good boundaries to protect my own mental health.
- With it being difficult to work we are learning how to use zoom to present our workshops about children. We also appreciate the Sunday services online. You guys are doing amazing job with zoom! It feels like we are all together 🙂