What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

30 Years of Sadness


Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg on their wedding day in 2004

Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg on their wedding day in 2004

This heartbreaking piece appeared in my Facebook feed when I got home last night. Since it seems to be going viral, I’m sure many of you will see it elsewhere, but I wanted to post it to make sure everyone got a chance to read it. It is one woman’s very moving and beautiful account of her grief for her husband, who she lost in a treadmill accident 30 days ago. It’s essentially a roadmap to grief, and a guide on how to talk to the grieving.

The woman in question, Sheryl Sandberg, is no stranger to public attention. The COO of Facebook, she’s also the author of the famous book, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.” Her husband was well know, too, as the CEO of Survey Monkey.

Her tribute comes at the end of sheloshim, the traditional 30-day period of Jewish mourning. I am sharing it partly because I think everyone should read it, but also because it gives me hope that something so genuine, so positive, and so utterly non-sensational could go viral.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

12 thoughts on “30 Years of Sadness

  1. Thanks for sharing this. A story about this was on the evening news last night, but only portions.

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  2. Oh, so beautifully expressed. I want to give her a hug!

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  3. In 2010, Hodgkin’s lymphoma murdered my sweet child. I can’t concur heartily enough with this woman’s words. I am comforted, for her, that she has learned all this in such a short time; it took me a bit longer to get it all, but her truth is also the truth of my grief. I am glad you shared it – bears more than one or six readings.

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  4. This has just broken my heart. In many pieces. Poignant reminder that life is precious and short and could end without notice. Still… So hard to live fully in each moment when flooded with sadness.

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  5. So eloquent – I will have to re-read later to fully absorb – thank you for sharing this

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  6. So brave, raw, sad and yet hopeful. Even in this tragedy, you can sense her inner strength.

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