By Priscilla Dressel and Bev DeFilippis
Spring, a very welcome season to most of us. And, usually, along with Spring, comes the “SPRING CLEANING.” Those words mean different things to the widowed.
Spring cleaning can be cleaning your home, of course, but it also can be cleaning your heart, mind and soul. Think of it as an awakening, where you slowly realize that it’s time to move forward. As a widow or widower, you may want to pack away or move your loved one’s belongings. Spring seems like a
good time to begin this daunting task, it seems easier when the sun is shining and the birds are singing. If you haven’t begun this, why not start now?
Cleaning your heart, mind and soul can have a number of different meanings. You take stock in your feelings. Time, perhaps to clear your mind of negative thoughts. Time, maybe, to re-evaluate your faith, or strengthen your believes, clean your soul. Spring gives you the feeling of rebirth, clearing your mind of negative thoughts and feeling. Take advantage of it, before that feeling passes.
Spring time is a wonderful time to take that step to move forward. That’s not saying to forget your Loved one, it just means acknowledging the pain in a different light. Being Widowed is hard enough, why then do we add more on ourselves by beating ourselves up with what can’t be changed? This is where
your faith comes into play. Have faith on yourself, revisit your faith and your believes. Learn to pray again and trust that you are not alone in this journey. Go outside, dust off the cobwebs of your brain, heart and soul. Take a deep, deep cleansing breath. It’s Spring, where all is growing once again.
Love, Bev and Priscilla