Life can feel like a litany of lessons learned. I bet I could fill a library with my lessons.
A lot of what I’ve had to learn came wrapped in suffering, fear, uncertainty. I resisted hearing the messages because of the hurt and sadness that accompanied those lessons.
Sure, I’m old enough to have acquired some coping mechanisms. Things like perseverance and patience. Optimism and faith. By this point in time, we’re all pretty good at managing the tough stuff.
Regardless, I’ll still put up a fight with some of that “necessary learning.” Shake my fist in the air when another unforeseen event brings one more unplanned thing I apparently need to know.
Returning to peace when life hands you chaos can be challenging.
I want to be grateful for the little gems of wisdom I’ve gathered along the way. And, more importantly, I’d also like to soothe my heart with a balm of gratitude for the hard things I’ve had to learn.
Practicing a simple activity is both a glaringly obvious and extremely helpful idea. Here’s how it goes:
Close your eyes and take several deep breaths.
Quietly list all the things you know for sure.
Allow yourself to lean into each lesson you know you’ve learned.
Embrace what you’ve come to realize. Notice how you feel.
Here are a few things I know for sure:
When I sink into these lessons, my lessons, I’m comforted, surprised, and enlightened. All in the same breath.
I’m indebted to life for the opportunities it’s always giving me to grow, to learn… however difficult the messages are to receive.
And finding a way to that gratitude might be the most valuable lesson of all.
What lessons are you grateful for no matter how difficult they were to learn? Do you identify with any of mine? Let’s have a conversation!
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