Neil Armstrong was the first man to step on the moon. The world watched in awe as he took that step in 1969 and said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong’s work as a NASA astronaut not only changed the world, but it changed his life. He did what he needed to do to learn, to train, and to be brave enough to do something that no other person had done—ever! Although this history-maker died in 2012 at the age of 82, he will be forever remembered, especially when I look at the beautiful moon.
Not everyone will do something as big in the world as Armstrong did, but each one of us is called at times to be brave. We are called to be courageous and tread where we have never been before. We are called to be unflinching in our search to make a better life for ourselves and others. We are called to be fearless when the fear of what is before us is so enormous that it is paralyzing. We are called to be resilient when the very foundation we have built to stand on is shattered by an unexpected event, such as the death or catastrophic injury of a loved one. And it is in this “call” that we feel so alone, so inadequate to take the journey, and so broken that we don’t know if we can survive. I have been on that road, several times.
I am a counsellor; however, that is only my formal training. The real training came from being a bereavement survivor. Like millions of others, I was called to the journey of grief after losing several loved ones. I had to find a way to make sense out of what happened in my life and to the ones I loved. I did find my way but it took many small steps, endless tears, horrible nightmares, high anxiety, and unwavering support to get through to the other side. Now, in addition to being a bereavement survivor, I call myself a hope generator. For without hope, nobody will even try. I see it as my ministry to pass on hope.
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