It’s okay to feel Sad sometimes!

21 Apr

Nearly everyone with brain injury, depression, PTSD, chronic illness and other situations have experienced sadness regardless of how positive they are daily. This clear and concisely identifies a situation when approached by another’s rude comment with their lack-of-understanding or compassion for another human being. Sadness is a normal feeling, as many feelings are. Don’t stuff feelings, they are a part of life! Read on and enjoy this post.


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Cauldrons and Cupcakes

“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”

~ Carl Jung

Yesterday someone well known in American ‘New Age’ circles told me something that I found quite preposterous.  In fact, I found it a little dangerous…

They said that if I was ‘truly enlightened’ and ‘living from my heart’ I would be 100% positive and happy all the time. From that place of 100% positivity I would heal, but if I still had even one ‘negative’ thought, felt one shred of sadness, or doubt, or depression, then I was destined to remain sick, miserable and ‘enmeshed in my pain body’.

Really? I’m sorry, that just doesn’t wash with me.  With my thinking I am 100% responsible for my…

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2 responses to “It’s okay to feel Sad sometimes!

  1. wendy

    April 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. So many people think if you think positively it will all work out. Not that we should wallow in sadness, but how can you truly understand happiness if you have never felt true sadness? (I said this to my therapist once and she jokingly said….”spoken like a true Bipolar!”)
    Yeah I guess a little. We had been discussing people who have to have things at a even keel all the time, no major ups, no major downs….especially downs. I couldn’t conceive. No I don’t want to feel down all the time, But I do feel that my healthy expressions of the times in my life will lead me to both sorrow and happiness. Plus, I can handle the bad times much better when I know that it means a good time will be coming.

    stay safe, even with our feelings.

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      May 6, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      It’s amazing how many people can’t handle the simplest things in life because their experiences are limited. Many times TBI and chronic illnesses forces people to look at life from an entirely different perspective. I could never visualize the struggles of TBI, even with professional experience until the recovery didn’t happen as I expected! From previous brain injuries recovery was spontaneous, but when it doesn’t happen as expected … life changes, and so does perceptual experiences. Take care and stay safe.


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