In today’s video blog I share my own personal story of how wonderful things truly can come out of bad situations in our life.
I lost my dad to cancer a year ago today. What followed was 3 months of sadness that I’ve never experienced before. The feeling of utter loss can be devastating, and it’s hard to feel like things will ever be good again. But, as the year went on for me, I began to see how my dad is still in our lives taking care of us. I’ve been presented with amazing opportunities and can feel that he is looking out for me and my family.
My dad was the one person in my life that, no matter how crazy my ideas were, he would tell me how great of an idea it was, and be enthusiastic and encouraging. Losing that person in my life has been so hard for me. But I realized that even though he’s not here in person to root me on, he is with me in spirit and so proud of me. This last year has really shown me that there can be hope out of our darkest times. Even though things will not necessarily be the same, they can still be great.
It can be easy to allow our feelings to overcome us, and to go into the spiral of not feeling like things will ever get better, or that you don’t deserve it. Or maybe you just feel like you don’t care if it gets better and have settled into the feeling of sadness. If I can share one thing with the world, it would be to never lose hope. Never lose your joy. You are allowed to still be happy even when the world around you is crumbling to pieces. Don’t allow yourself to be overtaken by grief, or pain, or hurt. With everything inside you, find that small bit of happiness in your soul and use that to spread joy and love to others, and watch your world and the world around you change.
In my video I mention an obituary I read years back. I forgot to say the most important part of it. The way it read was “She left behind a sink full of dishes, a laundry basket full of unfolded laundry, and a house full of LOVE.” That is how I want to be remembered. 🙂
“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” ~ Tony Robbins
In reference back to yesterday’s post about getting over your fears, the day I spoke at my dad’s funeral was the day I completely got over my fear of speaking in public. So it goes to show that if you are passionate about something, taking that step to get over a fear can show you all of the potential you have inside to be an inspiration to others.
Thank you so much for reading and listening to me today. It was hard to decide to share this post, but I hope that if it impacts even one person out there, it was completely worth it.
I love you all, if you enjoyed my post today, please like, comment and share 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend.
~Be the best you in all that you do, live, laugh, but most of all LOVE~
Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.[a] 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness[b] for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[c] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell[f] in the house of the Lord forever.[g]
In loving memory of Dave Chandler. I LOVE you dad and can’t wait to see you again.
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