Grace and Dignity

These two words have more meaning to me today than I ever thought they would. They’ve been on my mind as I’m facing the most difficult personal time of my life.

Imagine being punched in the stomach and maintaining grace and dignity. My marriage is ending and that’s what it feels like. I have a new level of respect for women like Elizabeth Edwards, who faced public humiliation in her divorce – followed by a personal, fatal illness – and yet remained composed and dignified up to her last moments of life. I can now imagine how difficult that was and have a better understanding for her struggles.

Two simple words can take on such new meaning as your life changes. I will work very hard to make these two my guiding principals as I face a long and rocky road ahead. It’s not easy. How have you maintained grace and dignity in a time when all you really wanted to do was fall down into a puddle and cry – or stand up and scream like crazy?

Yes, that’s how it feels. But I’ll make it – with grace and dignity.

9 thoughts on “Grace and Dignity

  1. Joel Libava

    WOW, Chris.

    I’m not going to say “I’m sorry,” as it’s not death.

    Right?

    But, you are in my thoughts. It must really suck.

    Good luck. Just remember how far you’ve come in business. You have the strength inside of you.

    Joel

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  2. ^ld

    Grace and dignity is the ONLY way to play this one. People will call you a robot. People will say you have no feelings. People will question everything you do and how you do/do not react, etc…

    But head up, eyes forward, fears suppressed, smile on, refusal to engage in things that do not matter, refusal to react to what people say or do, is the only way to get through a situation like this.

    You will come out of this in a better place and feeling very proud of yourself for not stooping and not giving in.

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  3. Melanie Arsenault

    Stay strong Chris! You are an admirable woman. I am proud of you, and always will be. ~Mel xoxox

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  4. Christine Perkett Post author

    Thanks to you all for reaching out with support. It means more than words can ever say. Now, go hug and kiss your significant other and never, ever forget to tell them you love them – with meaning – on a daily basis. πŸ™‚

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