You’re not crazy. You’re living in crazy times.

We’re all figuring out how to function in a slightly cuckoo world

Exhibit A

1. “We cannot selectively numb emotions. When we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.” (Brené Brown)

“We’re going to have to find a way to settle into this rhythm. The only way I can think about it is we have to grieve the loss of normal. At the exact same time, we’re trying to find our footing in a new normal.”

Exhibit B

2. “Ambiguous loss… prevents resolution of the loss, and freezes the grief process.” (Dr Pauline Boss)

“Ambiguous loss is an unclear loss that continues without resolution or closure. It is a relational rupture that can be physical or psychological.”

“The first step of thawing grief is to tell the story of your loss to safe and empathic people you trust. Sorrow needs to speak.” (Mary Anne Cohen)

A beautiful video (which made me homesick for NZ) by Visit Auckland

3. “Denial is the first of the five stages of grief™️. It helps us to survive the loss. In this stage, the world becomes meaningless and overwhelming. Life makes no sense. We are in a state of shock and denial.” (Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler)

For now, what I took away from the ideas is this: we’re not crazy. We’ve living in crazy times.

Exhibit C

Writing stories (www.adelebarlow.com) and helping companies tell theirs (www.copyand.co)