The Past: I’ve always been curious why folks enjoy posting pictures and sayings on Facebook from bygone years…you know, the “Remember when” posts or “Who can identify what this kitchen utensil was used for 50 years ago?” I’ve never identified with those posts and wonder what the benefit is. Maybe dwelling on the past brings a degree of comfort in remembering it as a less stressful period of life and therefore much better than the present. But memories can sugar-coat past realities or overwhelm us with regrets or “shoulds,” like “I should or shouldn’t have…” or “Why did I….?” or “If only…” and ultimately prevent us from fully being in the present moment.
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Sherry Martin is the Patient Services Director for Sue's Gift, a licensed clinical social worker with over thirty years of experience in the field of oncology social work, and author of the book, Beginning Again: Tools for the Journey through Grief: A Step-by-Step Guide for Facilitators of a Grief Support Group. Sherry lives with her husband in Woodland Park, Colorado.
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