Navigating grief is a new constant. And honestly, thankfulness hasn’t been an easy thing for me to tap into this holiday season because gratefulness for the bereaved comes with a hard caveat.
What I have been able to do quite well is start taking more action— embracing a new season that is verb-filled:
Make time for family and friends.
Tend to your covenants like flock; we will all be held accountable.
Live life, but understand it: we only get one to carry forward. Go for the beautiful, amazing experiences.
Happiness is great when gifted, but it is healthiest when chosen.
We are full of error. Lean into the tension. Apologize, own your part— make it right.
Laugh; adults laughing warms the hearts of children.
Love unconditionally. Love every quirk.
Clinnesha is a wife, mom, daughter/sister/auntie, literary artist, humanities scholar, and social entrepreneur. Her advocacy work is at the intersection of black/feminist thought, arts, culture, and community. She is currently promoting her book of personal narratives, Serenity Everyday, a passion project adapted from this blog.