by Jan McDaniel
Not too far back. Just think back to the last thing you did that made you feel productive or proud. Did you get all the bills paid on time this month? Did you write a letter to a friend you had been putting off? Maybe it was just getting to the grocery store. Whatever it is, think about that right now.
Now, say this: I did that.
Say it again: I did that.
How do you feel when you think about that time, that accomplishment?
Next, think about something you want to accomplish now.
Set it firmly in your mind.
Okay, Now, keeping in mind how you felt when you accomplished something in the past, say: I can do that.
How does that feel?
Say it again: I can do that.
Say it out loud or just think it.
Take one step toward that goal. It can be small. Maybe, you want to start a walking program to improve your health. Think you can do it?
Can you take one step? (Not everyone can.)
How did that feel?
Grief holds us back sometimes. But you only have to take one step at a time. Then another.
What would you like to accomplish in the future?
Do you want to heal?
Grief holds us back from healing, too.
Say this: I will do it.
Say it again: I will do it.
Plan to do one thing that can help you heal. Take that walk. Write in your journal. See a counselor. You choose. There are more ideas on Way for Hope's Recourses page. Look for "Self Care" near the top of the page for more ideas.
Choose one. Then say: I will do it.
Yes, you will.
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