What happens in this process is that your unconscious, creative, right brain starts to take over and begins to guide. There is a part of all us, deep down, that knows what we need to be happy, and knows what of our special gifts are, that haven't been fully expressed yet. And this part of us loves the language of visual metaphors to communicate this wisdom to us.
Set aside some time, for your staff to share their emotions with each other. The five stages of grief can serve as a container for your staff to share their emotions. The five stages of grief; denial/numbness, anger, bargaining/analyzing, depression, and acceptance and part of a normal human response to great loss. Acceptance is usually last, but the other four stages do not necessarily proceed in a linear fashion. In fact, you may start with bargaining and then get overwhelmed and turn to numbness. You might feel trapped in anger for days, or so depressed you wonder if you will ever be able to take action again. You will. Feeling the anger, or the depression, is part of the process and none of these stages are permanent.
I am guessing that since you were young, you had a sense of your special gifts, but for a variety of reasons, you’ve held back. Maybe you were scared of outshining others; maybe your brilliance made some people resentful; maybe it seemed the world didn’t appreciate, need or want what you uniquely had to offer. Maybe it has been so long that you’ve shared these special gifts, you wonder if they are even still there.
Recently I have realized, that to truly enjoy my life, I have to embrace my inner nerd. I resist doing things that seem “nerdy” or “dorky.” But I recognize now that when I label my actions as nerdy, I am sabotaging myself. Another part of me, which I also often repress, wants to break the rules, yearns for adventure, and enjoys pushing the limits of what’s comfortable. When I repress this inner rebel, she lashes out at my attempts at good self care with judgments like as “you are such a dork!” So I find that in order to embrace my inner nerd, I have to let my inner rebel loose too.