It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.”
But when we feel betrayed by someone we love, it truly hurts. I feel certain we all have experienced this.
How many of us have not unwrapped some of those gifts yet? I include myself in this number.
The unwrapping can’t be forced. It takes time. The treasure chest we build of love is necessary before the gifts are revealed. This requires patience and gratitude.
In the summertime of life we hardly need to develop patience. Everything seems to be here for us without much effort.
The fruit is ripe and all we have to do is pluck it.
But everything is temporary. Summertime doesn’t last.
Fall and winter follow. The seasons of darkness come upon us no matter where we live. Can we be grateful for every season?
Gratitude is a way of living where we trust God to bring forth good out of whatever arises, whether it’s dark or light. It’s a mindset that makes it possible to let go of what has been, and gracefully move into the future.
We can be grateful to know that we are, right now, creating our harmonious future — not by trying to make something happen — but by being aware of that which is happening, and seeking to open wholeheartedly to what is.
We gradually learn to trust the universe to bring forth what needs to happen next. And it will do just that, whether we give it permission to or not.
Mistakes happen and we all make them.
Sometimes speaking a painful truth is the kindest thing we can do. So we learn to speak it with all the love and respect that we can muster.
No blame, just our clearest truth, stated simply. Give it to the universe, trusting good will come forth in some manner, for our intention is love.
We are spiritual beings, having a human experience, as Teilhard de Chardin has said.
We dignify our human nature by choosing to share our love in the highest way possible. And noticing our mistakes and our regrets.
Let’s always ask the question: How can I give love today?
It’s human to make mistakes. And it’s divine to learn from them.
We need to enter the dark places — places we do not know — in order to learn.
“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” C. J. Jung
The dark becomes light as we shift into inquiry and gratitude. Night turns into day. The yang follows yin.
Be grateful for the love that is caressing you right now, just where you are. It is the same love that breathes you and opens you to new understanding. Time and patience are our greatest allies.