Gratitude helped me recognize my own feelings and helped me make that transition from bitterness to understanding. I realized that I needed a break too. A couple of days later, my son returned to college and our other family members returned to their hometown as well.
The first thing we naturally did was:
Vent Out Our Feelings: We allowed them to flow out of our hearts unabated. Our fears, the nerve-wracking anxiety, the anger of dealing with unfairness and criticism, the confusion of listening to conflicting pieces of advice from all and sundry….it all came tumbling out.
Sift Through Our Thoughts And Feelings: We appreciated the timely support that we got from so many people. But the barbed comments and the unfair accusations hurt like hell too. We discussed everything in detail now. He told me about his experience as a patient and I told him about how I had to deal with financial/emotional/mental and physical demands.
We realized that our sense of gratitude far outweighed the pain that seared through our hearts.
Yes. The pain lingered. For a long time. But criticism had served a purpose too. It had helped us discover our values. We realized that it was up to us to pick and choose our learning from the experiences of our lives.
Have Faith In A Higher Force: We realized that so many things in life were never really in our control. A series of miracles had saved his life that day. All we knew was that a higher force had taken care of us during that entire phase.
We lead hectic lives. A quick “Hello” or a silent prayer was all we could manage on any regular day. We worked with passion and helped others to the best of our ability. Period. That was our only connection with that higher force. Yet that higher force had not failed us. We were filled with gratitude and were now able to
Identify the road to happiness: We now knew that every time we were plagued with a bout of negative energy, we had to consciously make a choice. If we wanted peace and happiness in our lives, all we had to do was to dip into the vast reserves of positive energy that radiated from a concept like gratitude.
We could make that transition. So can you…