My first born child, my oldest daughter, is graduating from high school this month. Thirty years ago, I also crossed a stage, mortarboard on my head, and reached for my high school diploma. I bear witness to the cycle of life.
Although I happily leave much of high school behind me, one aspect that I particularly enjoyed was hanging out with my friends and having what we called ‘deep’ conversations. The discussions felt deep when we talked about what is ‘underneath’ the surface of day to day living.
I liked ‘going deep’ so much that I became a psychotherapist, grief counselor, and writer — all avenues of helping people live and love more deeply. I companion people as they go below the surface of their lives, pointing to the buoyancy, balance and calm that already exist within them.
When we allow ourselves to live deeply, we savor our inner connection to love and joy and begin to cherish each step along our unique paths. Even as we take our final steps, even as we ‘graduate’ to whatever comes next, we can savor the calm and vibrancy of life that comes with living deeply.
Expcerpted from the Newsletter,
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW is the author of
“Transcending Loss: Understanding the Lifelong Impact of Grief and How to Make it Meaningful”
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