“Life is precious, and so is saying goodbye.” -Linda Kreter
Grief is the longest, most painful goodbye. It’s awful, one-sided, awkward, and agonizing. Just when you think you have let go of their hand, a reminder, memory, or image flashes before your heart and takes you back to where they once were. Sometimes they gently touch you and you drift back into their presence. Other times they knock you right on your ass and you realize they are gone. Gone. And now they are nothing more than a _ space where their name should be.
We take so much for granted. I have taken far too many for granted. Now I can only ever look backward on many of those I have loved. I can only remember them. I am left longing for more of them. More time, more moments, more laughter, more meaning… just more.
I say this, to remind you to pause. Right now, stop what you are doing… stop reading this and text someone. That someone. The one who flashes to your mind in this very moment. Stop reading and take 4 seconds to say, “hey, I love you.” Make a plan to see them. Make them a priority for just a few seconds of the 86,400 seconds you have today.
We don’t pause often enough anymore. We don’t pause and consider the things we are posting, the content we are sharing, or the person standing right in front of us begging to be seen. I ask you to take a moment, every so often to be intentional. Take a moment to invest in those you care about and take a moment to renew your heart. Because life is precious. Life is short. Life is difficult and cruel. But we can make life worth living, if we love the living.
I have been blessed in this life to be allowed to share my perspective and thoughts on my world. And I would personally like to thank Linda for having me back on her podcast and for allowing me a chance to share my thoughts and experiences. I’m not sure that I know a lot of things in life, but I do know that life is short. I have learned that lesson in too many ways over my lifetime.
This series is for those I’ve loved, those who have left their mark on me, and those we’ve lost far too soon, my father, Andrew T., Brittany W., my grandmother who adopted this little Korean, Courtney Sorrells- the best friend I can never replace, Katrina- my sister and unapologetic woman (man how I wish I was more fearlessly myself like she was), Second, Olivia- there are no words.
And every person we’ve lost to suicide and substances over the years, sadly there are far too many to name.
If you find yourself commuting, driving, waiting in an office, or have a few free moments, please check out the first podcast episode of a series on grief.
Linda Kreter and Susie Reece bring you the first in our series about Grief and Loss. We want to start the conversation, and let you know you’re not alone in this altogether human experience.
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There have been moments in my life when I have felt unworthy of the blessings I have known due to the work I’ve found myself doing. The moment I connected with the Yorks and the Joshua York Legacy Foundation was most definitely one of them. I adore this family and the work and love they are spreading across the world.
On September 10 2019, the The Joshua York Legacy Foundation (JYLF) hosted their first annual Rock the World global event. Their first event reached 4,534,000 people across the U.S. and 58 countries.
On September 10 2020, for their second annual Rock the World event they are hoping to break the Guinness Book world record for painted rocks displayed in a single location.
This is a chance for individuals and rock groups across the globe to unite by dreaming big!!!
They are currently in the planning stages and are checking for interest. They need to see the support of 10,000 or more individuals in order to have a chance at Rocking this Record. Would you be willing to mail SPR/JYLF one or more rocks to help them promote suicide prevention and be a part of a global community of healing?
After losing their son to suicide on 28 Jul 2018, the York family started a FB rock painting group entitled Suicide Prevention Rocks to spread positive messages to raise social awareness and prevent suicide. To date their group has been shared by 3,144 rock painting pages worldwide reaching over 8.8 million people. Their motto is “Strengthening Lives With Love”.
Suicide Prevention Rocks is currently active in 88 countries across the globe. If you know someone in a country not yet reached, we encourage you to invite them to spread our message and mission.