William Shakespeare said, “Everyone can master a grief, but he that hath it.”  It truly is not about trying to master our grief no more than we can run away from our sorrows by changing our location.  Changes can be healthy when they are productive and purposeful.  They can also be harmful when executed for the wrong reasons. That is why it is usually advised to wait a year at least before making any major changes, yet this is also just a general rule of thumb, not a concrete law to be followed absolutely. There are principles that make one’s journey easier when implemented.  

   Geese are amazing creatures. As each goose flaps its wings it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it. When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.  The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.  When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.  

   People support others because they care, this is why love is the supreme attribute of Holy Scripture.  When we give support to each other in good times and in times of sorrow, we make the journey more pleasant and endurable. This is Sunrise Aftercare, sunrise@sfdcares.com.

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