“The art of living is in fine mingling of letting go and holding on” – what a wonderful affirmation to overcome grief. Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Often, the pain of loss can feel overwhelming. You may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness. The pain of grief can also disrupt your physical health, making it difficult to sleep, eat, or even think straight. These are normal reactions to loss—and the more significant the loss, the more intense your grief will be.
Coping with the loss of someone or something you love is one of life’s biggest challenges. This reminds me of our dedicated, hard-working cricketer Sachin Tendulkar who handled grief of losing his father very sensibly. India had started the World Cup with a loss to South Africa and were keen to get their campaign back on track in their next two matches against Zimbabwe and Kenya. However, on the eve of the game versus Zimbabwe, Tendulkar received the news of his father’s death and had to rush back to India. Three days later, Sachin not just showed up in India’s colours at Bristol, he also hammered an emotional 100 against Kenya to keep India alive in the 1999 World Cup. He knew the team needed him and decided to put his personal issues aside. It was clear from his batting style that day, the man was playing for his father. When he looked up there were tears in his eyes. By his own admission, every time he scored a ton he looked up to God, but this time he was looking up at daddy dearest.
There are many examples around us to learn resilience in our life and they teach us various ways to handle grief. As always said, we all have got a choice to react or to respond for the situation we face. Choose wisely as your choice will determine your emotional state of mind which further impacts your decision-making power in personal and professional life.