Courage and Grief Go Hand-In-Hand
By: Karen Pattock

Here I stand ready to resume the day-to-day activities of my life after losing my mother on August 24th. I must share with you that at this moment I feel a little like a fish out of water. Almost like an outsider looking at the carousel of my life wondering how I’m going to jump back on that ride that I love so much. It’s in this very moment I realize how intertwined my courage is with processing my grief.

First, I want to say “Thank You” to you for sending love and healing words to me during the last couple of weeks. You’ll never know how much it meant to me to know that you were thinking of my family during this difficult period. It truly was an uplifting feeling… like the wind beneath our wings.

Second, if you’ve followed me for any length of time you know that I am a true believer in ‘everything happens for a reason’. So, true to my nature, I have been looking to identify the lessons I’ve learned through this process and how I can share them with you in a way that will impact your life for the better.

In a nutshell I’ve concluded that it all centers on courage.

There are many things in life that take courage, right? We both could write an exhaustive list right now and not even scratch the surface. But do me a favor, take a moment right now and think how courage plays a role in your daily life.

I often hear clients tell me that they are afraid to try a new marketing strategy or afraid to stand in front of a group of people to present their services. I certainly understand those feelings and how scary it can be for them. However, I believe that with the right encouragement and tools they can overcome those fears but it will take a certain amount of courage on their part to try.

For me, those kind of things, (while nerve wracking at times), never were a source of total fear for me. They never required an extraordinary amount of courage because they came naturally to me. However, my friend, the experience in letting my mother go to face life without her has taken every ounce of courage I have and then some.

I’m smiling as I write this knowing that even during this time of loss my mom is still teaching me tremendous lessons about life and courage. Now, it is my honor to share the top 5 lessons with you that I’ve identified so far.

Lesson #1 Anything you fear doing in your life, whether in business or your personal life, can be overcome by taking one step at a time, acknowledging the fear but continuing to move toward your end goal.

Lesson #2 – Courage comes in many shapes and sizes. Each one should be celebrated and acknowledged equally as it is through these moments we see how amazingly strong we really are.

Lesson #3 – There are times in life that require us to say “Goodbye”. While those goodbyes can be painful, we can use those experiences to truly evaluate the depth of our soul. It is through that evaluation that we can grow in ways that wouldn’t have been possible without that ‘goodbye’ experience.

Lesson #4 – More often than not, our greatest acts of courage come from situations where our actions reflect selfless love. When your love for another person requires you to act in a way that puts that person ahead of your needs and wants, you are demonstrating the highest level of courage.

Lesson #5 – We all have the courage we need to get through any situation. Whether the situation is created because of a decision we made or through circumstances that are completely out of our control, we have the ability to gather up the courage that we need to navigate our way through to the other side with success.

I’m positive that I will continue to gain clarity of my own strengths and courage because of this experience with my mom. I’m also positive that I will be able to walk through every situation in my future, no matter how scary, with the courage I need to be successful.

My hope is that through my experiences to date and the five lessons I’ve outlined here for you, that you celebrate your own courage each and every time it appears.

Thanks Mom for teaching all of us the lessons of courage and helping us acknowledge just how strong we really are.

Do you have a moment of courage you could share with me? Join me on my Facebook page and leave me your story. I would love to read it. Click here –>> Karen’s Facebook Page.


With love & support,
Karen Pattock

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