"To thine ownself be true."--My mother, Grace Della Donna
*Okay, it was Shakespeare. But I heard it from my mother first. I'm just saying.*
Recently I made the decision to let go of Griefcase.net.
Griefcase.net was the website I founded back in 2004 supporting individuals going through the grief process.
What began as a blog honoring celebrity widows more than ten years ago offering words of encouragement and ways to turn upside down smiles right side up again fast developed into a large following of men and women newly-widowed. Before I knew it, Griefcase.blogspot.com had morphed into a real website offering shared tips and advice for an individual mourning the loss of their loved one.
Following that, I created an online confidential bereavement group.
Then came a newsletter and cable t.v. show.
As I rolled merrily along, I kept my hand moving. I dared myself each step of the way to honor my husband, Ed Sclier, fulfill my promise, and to write my book, A Gift of Love, A Widow's Memoir.
For a lot of years it felt good writing for free and serving other widows and widowers.
It seemed like the right thing to do at the time.
It was my way of giving back to a community of men and women in their greatest hour of need.
But now that my book is written and my promise fulfilled, my small voice calls out to me to write about other things and do other things.
It reminds me of my dream to own a home.
It says, spend time doing the things you enjoy most; spend more time with family and friends; it says, turn on the heart light, perhaps fall in love, again.
My small voice says, "You have permission."
At this time, I envision a new dream. I see a move in my future; perhaps a house in the country, or a stately building with skylight view in a different city.
Today I ponder beloved widow friend, BK's advice,
"Linda, go where you have never gone before."
See you in print,
Linda Della Donna
"Come journal with me;
Your book is yet to be."
P.S. It's time to fingerhug your pen and write something. Go ahead, I dare you.
Words for Inspiration:
In 1916 master architect Frank Lloyd Wright went to Tokyo to supervise construction of the Imperial Hotel, a magnificent building he designed to withstand earthquakes. Wright brought his son John with him, and as John watched workers move the huge interlocking beams required for the foundation, he came up with an idea for a construction toy. When he returned to America, John created one of the first building toys--and one of the most popular toys ever: Lincoln Logs.