Inner Growth Word of The Day 117 – Sorrow

April 27

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Sorrow


Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. deep distress, sadness, or regret especially for the loss of someone or something loved.


Sorrow in a sentence: Sorrow differentiates from sadness in that when you are sorrowful, in addition to sadness, there is also a feeling of loss of something special or the thought that something could’ve been different, but now the opportunity is lost; or an actual loss of someone or something that won’t ever come back.


Sorrow in action: When a sense of sadness and longing for having lost someone or something, but not being able to do anything to go back to what was or be with that person again, sorrow is what you’re experiencing.


Sorrow and inner growth: Sorrow can help you with inner growth because if you look into your feelings of loss, regret or longing; you will find that they are indicative of something even deeper like dealing with separation or the struggle with detachment from a loved one, or not having done something differently when you could have, and therefore once the opportunity is gone, regretting not taking a chance.  By exploring instances of sorrow, you will find the true origin of that sorrow, as well as an opportunity to decide what you want to do about it.


Sorrow and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about sorrow? What are some things that have brought me sorrow in life?  How do I react to sorrow?  What have I learned about life from instances of sorrow?  What have I learned about myself when exploring my sorrow?  How would I change the relationship I have with sorrow?  How has affected my relationships?  How has it affected my life?


  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with sorrow at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From this list pick one word that means the most to you in relation to sorrow applied to a very meaningful event that has happened in your life.  Write out why this word in particular resonates so much with that experience of sorrow in your life.


  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about sorrow and as this takes place focus on your heart and imagine a comforting warmth coming from it to provide you with support if needed as you explore the depths of the feelings that accompany sorrow. Do not think, just feel and imagine your heart being this warm fire, a loving embrace, that feeling when you know everything is going to be alright.  Do this for as long as you’re comfortable, if you want, the next step would be doing the same with a specific instance of sorrow that comes to mind.  Always focus on one instance or event at a time so that you can fully explore what the feelings about that event are trying to tell you.


Your turn – Share your sorrow 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 🙂


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