The most difficult times for many
many of us are the ones we give ourselves.
Rejoicing in ordinary things is not
sentimental or trite. It actually takes
guts. Each time we drop our complaints
and allow every day good fortune to inspire
us, we enter the warrior’s world.
The more we witness our emotional
reactions and understand how they
work, the easier it is to refrain.
If someone comes along and shoots an
arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to
stand and yell at the person. It would
be much better to turn your attention
to the fact that there’s
an arrow in your heart.
This morning I needed some words of wisdom to ground me before heading into what will be an emotional day, a day that has the potential to be stressful. My 91-year-old mother is moving into an assisted living facility, and although it is a wonderful environment, it is a big change for her and a difficult move. She is moving from a two-bedroom apartment into one room, and has to give up her cat. Fortunately my sister will be adding Kitty to her family now. Betsy and I are busy getting things organized and our plan is to make this room a cozy and beautiful living space. Because there are so many activities for her to take part in, we believe that once she gets settled in she will make new friends and be out playing, not spending long hours alone in her room. We love her and want what we feel is the best for her, but unfortunately mothers don’t always agree with their daughters. I’ll give her credit, after some drama, she is coming around to the fact that she needs a little more help now that she’s in her 90’s, and recognizes, reluctantly, that many positive opportunities await her.
All of today’s quotes are words of Pema Chodron who I can count on for inspiration when I am going through a difficult time.