This reflection is a part of a month-long series titled, 30 Days of Healing, as we seek to be instruments of peace and change.
“With everything that has happened to you, you can feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” -Wayne Dyer
As healers and as people who seek healing, this perspective to see all as gift is fundamental.
It is of course easy to see the positive as gift. A promotion, new baby, or healthy doctor visit are just a few examples of when we can take on a grateful mindset.
It is much more difficult when life turns upside down, when the wounds are raw, and when the loss is great. To say thank you to such difficulty almost feels sadistic.
The spiritual challenge is to take the negative situations and to find gratitude deep within your heart.
To get there, you need to give yourself time to feel. There are no wrong feelings. Stay in the presenting range of emotions as your body and soul needs the space to process and heal.
When ready, move to a place of gratitude. Allow this unwelcome circumstance to shift your perspective, to find new opportunities, and to grow from the pain.
If the pain is a loss of a loved one, in whatever capacity, be grateful for the gift they were to you for that period of your life.
This is easier said than done, but as we seek a better tomorrow, for ourselves and our world, seeing all as gift empowers us to be an agent of change.
So, take time to consider what has caused you pain over the past 72 hours- and sit with it.
Learn from it. Feel what you feel. And when you are ready, consider how this might be a gift.
Fill your cracks with gratitude and love.
Be assured of my prayers for you as you seek a grateful and healing heart.