I’ve lost several people in my life. One in particular comes to mind in writing this. I lost him when I was a sophomore in high school; I can recall the weekend he passed away and when I decided to play a soccer game on Saturday morning instead of joining my family for the wake and funeral preparation.
Not because I didn’t care or didn’t want to acknowledge it, but because it is what I thought he would have wanted … he was always proud of what I did and what I played so that day I played for him. In addition to the weekend he left us I can recall the last time I saw him …
I didn’t realize that I was regretful and holding resentment against myself until one particular Comfort Zone Camp in August that I wrote him a letter, as we were all given the opportunity to in our Healing Circle, and tears began to flow.
I wrote him a letter apologizing for the times that I didn’t spend with him, for all of the missed memories, and times that I can not get back. As I began to write out all the wrongs and all the “wish I hads” he began to respond with all the “thank you fors,” all the memories we did have, and how nothing was my fault.
I should no longer blame myself for the situation, but rather embrace what we had and continue to live, TO LIVE, in his honor, in the honor of everyone else that I no longer had. And so came “closer” to a situation I thought was already healed until I actually gave it some thought.
I challenge you to write to your loved ones. You may come out with lighter heart by letting go of something you didn’t know you were holding on to.
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