She could never go back and make some of the details pretty. All she could do was move forward and make the whole beautiful.   – Terri St. Cloud 

 

I don’t know about you, but I can’t count how many times I heard in the last week, “It feels like the world is ending.”

The community I live in – Northern California – is experiencing a massive tragedy in the form of devastating wildfires claiming dozens of lives and thousands of homes and structures in several of our beloved North Bay communities.

Outside of the circle of fires, clouds of toxic, heavy smoke extend for miles inland and down the coast, reminding us all that a crisis is happening in our backyards, that Mother Nature is angry, that tragedy can happen can happen suddenly and anywhere.

Beyond that, there is the state of the world outside of our California borders: A horrific massacre just to our East in Las Vegas, hurricanes and tropical storms devastating our Southern friends, a President picking fights with Puerto Rico and non-violent NFL protesters… The list goes on.

In times like these, it can feel like the world is ending.

The challenge of our personal lives coupled with the challenge of what’s unfolding on a local, state, national, and global scale can, at times, simply feel overwhelming.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.” ― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

If you’ve been struggling in these past few weeks, you’re not alone.

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Feeling sad, scared, overwhelmed, and anxious about what’s happening in the world are all appropriate responses to what’s unfolding.

And yet, it’s really hard to feel this way, isn’t it?

That’s why I wanted to give you a small gift today. It’s a 20-some page e-book called, “A Little Handbook For Life’s Tough Times.” 

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ― Haruki Murakami

Normally I sell it here on my website and on Amazon, but, in order to get it into as many hands as possible, in order to (in some very small way!) support as many folks as I can who may be suffering right now, I wanted to give it to you as a free gift.

This little book is the sum of what I’ve learned as a psychotherapist shepherding people through tragedies, crises, transitions, Dark Nights of the Soul (not to mention going through these times myself).

It lays out the four stages I believe exist whenever we are moving through a hard, tough time and details out the self-caring tasks we are called upon to do in order to tend to ourselves emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

It also contains 80+ self-soothing, grounding tools, tips, and hand-picked multimedia resources to use no matter what stage you find yourself in, no matter what may be unfolding in your life right now.

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” ― Mary Oliver

If you’re feeling lost, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, if you’re feeling devastated, if you’re feeling afraid for the state of the world, I think that, in this little book, you’ll find some solid ground a bit of a light to illuminate the darkness.

Simply sign up with your name right here, sit down with a cup of tea, and read it to receive some comfort.

No matter who you are and where you are in the world right now, I truly hope it feels helpful to you and that you will get the support you need from it.

Take very good care of yourself.

Warmly, Annie

(Disclaimer: This article and accompanying content (links, etc) is for informational and discussion purposes only and should not be construed as psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic advice of any kind. Annie Wright Psychotherapy assumes no liability for use or interpretation of any information contained in this post. The information contained in this post is intended for discussion purposes only and should not be an alternative to obtaining professional consult from a licensed mental health professional in your state based on the specific facts of your clinical matter. Annie Wright is licensed to practice psychotherapy in the State of California only.)

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