Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Inspiration For A Daunting New Year

At the beginning of 2019 I wrote about how I was touched by a wonderfully written song featured in Mary Poppins Returns, and now I want to end this same year by sharing another set of beautiful lyrics.

It seems the perfect time as well, as today marks the end of this decade.

New Year is a daunting time if you are missing someone that you love. It can feel as though you are leaving them behind, being pushed further into the past.
They will never know this coming year, and their voice, their touch just feels so far away.
I personally struggle with that strike of midnight, and my heart is with anyone who may feel the same this year.

I was really touched however when watching Frozen 2 recently, and again thought that Disney captured the feeling of loss and grief in a perfect and sensitive way.

The only thing that we can do when faced with bereavement is to take a breath and a step at a time, and the lyrics to 'The Next Right Thing' describe this beautifully.

I've seen dark before, but not like this

This is cold, this is empty, this is numb
The life I knew is over, the lights are out
Hello, darkness, I'm ready to succumb
I follow you around, I always have
But you've gone to a place I cannot find
This grief has a gravity, it pulls me down
But a tiny voice whispers in my mind
You are lost, hope is gone
But you must go on
And do the next right thing
Can there be a day beyond this night?
I don't know anymore what is true
I can't find my direction, I'm all alone
The only star that guided me was you
How to rise from the floor?
But it's not you I'm rising for
Just do the next right thing
Take a step, step again
It is all that I can to do
The next right thing
I won't look too far ahead
It's too much for me to take
But break it down to this next breath, this next step
This next choice is one that I can make
So I'll walk through this night
Stumbling blindly toward the light
And do the next right thing
And, with it done, what comes then?
When it's clear that everything will never be the same again
Then I'll make the choice to hear that voice
And do the next right thing

I hope that by reading these lyrics and hearing the song that it may give anyone who needs it the inspiration to keep moving forwards. It will take time, and entering a new year can be scary, but it is ok to take it step by step. 
This would also be a fantastic song to listen to for any little ones who may be dealing with loss at this time as well. 

Just remember to... 'break it down to this next breath, this next step, this next choice'....and I hope that however you are choosing to spend this New Years Eve that it will be the way that you feel the most comfortable, safe and loved. 

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