And, of course, they need healing. But, of course, the term "healing" is way overused. Thought leaders have to find a fresh way to communicate how we can get beyond the whatever and leverage it to get to the whatever.
This evening at a spiritual service, the second anniversary of the massacre at Newtown, Connecticut was mentioned. The speaker didn't use the term "healing." Instead she showed how some of the parents of the murdered children were living their lives. There was no heroics. Just ordinary people managing to make it through two years.
In e-holiday greetings, those I know who had been through the emotional wringer add the tone of joy. It's as simple as that. Nothing else is needed to communicate that they have crossed to the other side of pain.
Friday night a client and I had dinner. He confided that he had had some setbacks. Without skipping a beat he explained what they had taught him. Was he healed? That was irrelevant, wasn't it. The learning was a gift.
Since emigrating from the careerist Northeast Corridor to the more balanced Southwest, I have come into my own. And not only professionally. But socially. That's what matters. Not what might have been the earlier wounding.