Dictionary.com definition: (adj.) 1. affected by unhappiness or grief; sorrowful or mournful. 2. expressive of or characterized by sorrow. 3. causing sorrow.
Sad in a sentence: Even though there is a grouping of things that are considered sad, two people don’t necessarily see the same event or situation as sad.
Sad in action: Something is sad when a person defines it as causing unhappiness or sorrow.
Sad and inner growth: If something is sad you have the chance to dive into that something and understand if you’re defining it as sad because you feel sadness or if it’s because others have defined this something as sad. There can be a distinction between what you feel and what you’re dealing with as actually being sad. Uncovering that this something doesn’t make you sad leads to inner growth as you get the opportunity to change your definition of this something into what you’re actually feeling.
Sad and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: What do I think makes something sad? How do I feel about those things others say are sad? Is there anything others find sad (life circumstances or situations) that I don’t relate to and that don’t cause sadness within me? Do I think the attribution of sad is never changing? What lessons have I learned from sad things, events, and situations?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with sad at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. With that list of words now write next to each word something that is sad to you and comes to mind when reading that word. From this list go through the sad items you listed and ask yourself if you really feel sadness or if maybe you just put them in there as sad because that’s what you’ve been taught.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about sad things or situations and focus on one thought that comes to mind at a time. For each thought (event or circumstance) ask yourself if you are really saddened by it or if you are feeling these feelings because this event or circumstance has been something others have told you is sad. If your answer is that it does cause you sadness, then move forward with allowing that thought flow along with the feelings associated to it. Give each thought that comes to mind at least five minutes of your time. The time lapse will help with focus and allowing you to feel the feelings instead of jumping to another feeling right away.
Your turn – Share your sad sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂