It is one of the greatest challenges of our humanity to share carrying another’s burden of pain … if they trust us enough to let us in during such a time. The real opportunity in that moment is to be a listening ear, a loving bosom, and/or a gentle and non-judging caregiver.
Sometimes, we sense the need for growth and change in our lives. We seek a rebirth, or a renewal. The start of a new year is often when we seek to alleviate the sense of feeling bored or complacent with situations that we find ourselves settled into.
We live in a culture with an unhealthy relationship with death; a culture that either desperately avoids examining its implications or portrays it in grotesquely tragical and/or terrifying ways.