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Sad, overwhelmed, confused, scared, angry
In many ways, I am at a loss for words. And in the final hours of the day I am attempting to gather some.
I am not one to comment on politics. I am one to share on feelings. These are my feelings AND my prayers for peace.
What has unfolded since Saturday is not normal from an emotional and human perspective.
For me, a Jew living “safely” in America, this is what it has felt like.
Imagine your friend spread a rumor about you that you both knew was not true. A few days later, that same friend reaches out to you and apologizes about what they said. The friend says: “I’m sorry I hurt your feelings but you kind of deserved it.”
It would be pretty hard to accept the apology because “but you kind of deserved it” dismisses the words that came before it.
Almost every single post I have seen on social media has had some sort of justification included.
What explanation is needed? Hundreds of Israelis lost their lives. Period.
I am mourning from a distance. Heartbroken and horrified. I am sad, distraught, confused…
I am proudly Jewish. I am showing up for my clients and for my community. I am showing up for myself. And I am receptive and thankful as can be for the friends who have reached out to check in on me.
So much of life is finding balance between polarities. How can we access “normalcy” when there is so much horror in our world? I am not sure. I do know that it is okay to take a step back to take care of you. I am praying for peace. I am praying for empathy. And I’m sharing some resources and reminders below.
PS In case no one told you today, I love you… I love you, I love you, I love you.
Resources & Reminders:
We are all human beings. All doing our very best.
Sharing this meditation again.
Take a break from social media or the news if you are overwhelmed by it.
Watching graphic videos can be traumatizing. There are other ways to stay informed.
Text “HOME” to 741741 to access trained counselors at Crisis Text Line 24/7 for emotional support.
Reaching out to a friend to say “I’m thinking of you” goes a long way.
Today is World Mental Health Day. Your mental health matters every day of the year.