Emotional intensity and exhaustion both have been high during 2020. There is constant change all around us, an inability to plan and often feelings of disconnectedness. Jobs and careers have been lost or put on hold. Other jobs are being done with extreme intensity and fear for the health and safety of ourselves and loved ones. The world has become as a triangle turned upside down and resting on the tip.
This year we have needed a great deal of grace both to be given and received. What is grace anyway? Dictionaries define grace as an unmerited act of kindness, or courtesy. Essentially grace is a reward that we do not really deserve. Grace in the midst of chaos can become a world changer!
Grace comes in small and large packages. It can be the food box given to a family unknown; the grocery store gift card given to the person begging on the side of the street; the holiday present to the forgotten; the soda and chocolate bar given to the colleague who is struggling to keep it all together. Although these are all important and tangible acts of grace, grace also comes in smaller but still important packages.
When we disregard a harsh word, continue to give a smile when it's unreturned, look out for the wellness of others, or hold on to the positivity when all those around us are falling into the pit of negativity, these acts become a stronghold of emotional grace.
Finding grace to give and to receive openly changes the world we live in on a regular basis. This year especially let's all try to be the change we want to see in our world and let grace flow freely.
Blog post written by Wellness Contributor Dawn Rayburn, EDS, NBCT, LPC for Embrace Candles