Like many of you, I spent the week-end immersed in a fog of sadness as the the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown unfolded. I vacillated between wanting to know more, trying to get my head around what had transpired, to tuning out, not allowing myself to gather any more information or see the latest "take" on why this happened. For the families who lost loved ones and the friends and community of those individuals, tuning out, shutting down, not even a power outage will allow them to step away from this event.
The path of grief and healing will be long and arduous, there is no turning this story off.
I will keep these people in my heart, thoughts and prayers as they make this journey.
There is much sorrow to be experienced and healing to happen for the rest of us as well, as we process the unimaginable and try to reconcile it with our own lives.
Photos by my talented friend Carolee Salat
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About grief, we will all experience it, likely not in the way these families are, but in some way. I have experienced profound grief and I am forever changed because of my walk through it. I hope, from the bottom of my heart, that people the world round, no matter how well intentioned, can respect and give space to those who are hurting, to leave them to their grieving and to show them love and support in ways that are not intrusive, but kind and caring. Ways that demonstrate respect for their loss and hope for their journey.
In my grief, I found comfort from in the form of beauty, the beauty of the gestures and thoughtful acts by family, friends and neighbors, the beauty in embracing and holding dear my memories, beauty in immersing myself in the things I love, my children, my husband, my family, the beauty in (eventually) helping others who were experiencing similar losses, beauty in the every day (whatever that meant on a given day).
So while in the scheme of things, a design blog, decorating or DIY projects may seem inconsequential, they are all to me, a means of finding beauty in the every day, a path to healing, a way to make sense of the world.
How do you find beauty in the every day?