Calm in the Chaos - Tips for a Better Life
Your Heart May Be Down
by Jamie Spannhake
July 17, 2021
My daughter created this drawing not long after my divorce over 3 years ago. She was only 7 years old. She wrote: "Your heart may be down. You can still love."
It broke my heart to know that "her heart was down." It still breaks my heart to read it now.
But it also gives me hope to know she realizes she can love even when she is hurting. It speaks to her resilience and her ability to not let life get her down.
This makes me think of my dad too. He grew up without his parents in his life. After his caretaker grandmother died when he was very young, he didn't experience a lot of love. He wasn't particularly well cared for, and was often left to fend for himself. Not until his foster family took him in at age 13 did he become part of a family.
His heart was "down" for most of his childhood, yet he still learned to love. He is a loving and wonderful father and husband.
We all know resilience is important to success & mental health. I think resilience is also directly linked to hope. When we hope for a better future, we are better able to withstand an uncomfortable present.
If you are facing challenges, have hope. To paraphrase my daughter and speak from my dad's example, "Your heart may be down. You can still hope."
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