If I have to choose my favorite of the ‘7 things I learned from my son,” (previous post) it would be the first one, “Appreciate Life.” Or, another way to say it is ‘living an attitude of Gratitude.’
When Ryan died, I came to a real crossroads in my way of understanding life. The first road I traveled was: “the accident as highway robbery.” There was nothing ‘right’ about it. It was wrong, wrong, wrong. Ryan was stolen from us.
Quite a few years later, I stumbled onto the second road. It was a whole new way of understanding loss. The fact that we had one day with Ryan was a gift because the truth is we didn’t deserve even a day with Ryan.
You get what I’m saying? That every day we spent with him was a little miracle for our family. Think about it, we had 2567 days with him.
How can that be wrong?
To look at something this horrendous thru the lense of gratitude is life-changing. It would have been easier to be cynical (nothing ever really works out the way you want it) but I am not.
Here’s an idea: why don’t you put on your gratitude glasses and look at your life? It can change the way you see the worst of the worst.
I’m living proof.