Joy in the Mourning “Blessed are those that Mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Dedicated to Carol A Santella

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Joy in the Mourning
“Blessed are those that Mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Dedicated to Carol A Santella
By Karyn Lynn Grant

And so, we come to the end of 2019, our “Joy in the Mourning Series” of twelve articles comes to a close. We have great plans for 2020! For now, let’s focus on our final subject, “Joy in the Mourning.”

What do I mean, when I suggest that we can discover “Joy in the Mourning”?

As I ponder the subject of “Joy”, I realize that this word is the culmination of all the experiences that we have endured and overcome through the past year! We have learned much, haven’t we?! We have loved much! We have shed tears for those joys which seemed to slip through our fingers! We have mourned over some very deep losses! We have rejoiced over choices we made which turned into sweet successes!

Why did I save this topic for the end of the year?

As we complete this year it is a time to celebrate our victories! It’s a time to examine our accomplishments! It’s a time to rehearse to ourselves what we have learned from our losses and what we have gleaned and sometimes painfully gained from even, our sad experiences. It’s a time to celebrate every seeming failure just as much as we celebrate our victories! Why? Because we tried with all our hearts to make it the best year ever!

When I ponder the subject of “joy” in reference to the end of this year, what comes to my mind?

As I ponder the subject of “Joy,” the first word that comes to my mind is “Success.” Success comes in packages both large and small. I would like to invite our readers to experience a guided visualization to wrap up this year with beautiful gift wrap and bestow upon this gift a year, well lived, a great big beautiful bow! Would you care to join me in this imaginary journey back through the year 2019?

I’d like you to close your eyes and imagine a big beautiful Christmas tree in your mind’s eye. Instead of material gifts wrapped in ribbons and bows underneath this tree, I’d like to invite you to imagine the significant experiences that played out in your life during the year of 2019.

Close your eyes and imagine that beautifully lit Christmas tree, with packages wrapped in beautiful, shimmering gift wrap adorned with brightly colored ribbons curling down over the edges of each package. Imagine that all these gifts under this tree have your name written on the gift tag.

Now, imagine as you choose one of those gifts from under the tree and begin to open it. Inside this paper and all of its beautiful trimmings, you discover not the gift you thought you always wanted, but a memory of something that happened this year that caused you to mourn. See the little card tucked inside the gift. Upon the card you read the words,

“I know it may be hard to see
The gift I am with mortal eyes…
I may not feel like joy at first
But, I am a blessing in disguise.”

At first, you may shudder for a moment to think that the very first gift you opened was one of those kinds of gifts that came with wisdom to be gleaned from the experience. You turn the card over and on the back of it, it reads, “I entered your life to teach you how to discover, ‘Wisdom in the Mourning.”

You hesitate before choosing the next package. This time you will choose a smaller gift, hoping that its fragile contents will reveal a true gem! One that will make your heart pound with excitement!
Peeking from beneath a few larger gifts you discover a sweet little parcel wrapped in white shimmering paper with a silver bow. On the card you see your name, just as before. Slowly you begin to unwrap the paper, and in it you discover a memory that you may have forgotten. You ponder the contents of this tiny gift in your heart which occurred all the way back in the beginning of the year! You read the words on the card:

“I was a gift to touch your heart
With respite from above
Unseen friends shall soothe your brow
And fill you with Pure Love.”

You turned the card over and read the words etched in gold, “A gift of “Pure Love in the Mourning” your very own ‘Angels in the Mourning’. ”

One by one you revisit the gifts of 2019. Opening the next beautifully wrapped memory…you discover that deep gift that taught you all about “Forgiveness in the Mourning”.

The next gift hovers over your head as though it is excited for you to open it! It has arrived just in the nick of time to bring you the gift of strength to carry you in one of your deepest hours of need; a time this past year when your heart was grieving the loss of a loved one. Here is another precious gift with its timely message:

“He hears thy heavy hidden sigh
He sees thy heartfelt wound
He whispers words of strength and cheer
Sweet Gifts are coming soon!”

On the back of this card, the words are inscribed, “Faith in the Mourning”. You smile and are reminded by this memory, that there were times during this past year when you wondered if all was lost….but then a bright star appeared in that night sky, giving you the courage and strength you needed to carry on! The embers of dying hope were rekindled and faith began to beam brightly, lighting the way before you again.

carol santella

Carol A Santella is a Right Hand Advisor and Positioning Consultant to Business Professionals; is a Best Selling Author, Health Consultant, Strategist and Publisher. Carol is also a Radio Show Host for Business Innovators Radio, Host and Founder of Inside with Carol covering Innovators and Trendsetting Influencers in the Fields of Business, Health and Wellness, Medicine, Leadership and Animal Related Industries. Carol is also a Contributor to Business Innovators Magazine, Small Business Trendsetters and the Founder of the Health and Wellness Leaders and Influencers Group; is world renowned for her Acknowledgment and Recognition Model of those who stand out above the rest and assisting them with The Power of Positioning TM. Carol is the founder and operator of The Listener Network which now encompasses her health, communications, publishing and business consulting work.