Where did 2010 go? I used to laugh when my mother told me time goes faster as we get older. I don’t laugh anymore! Seems like yesterday that I was enjoying the 90 degree weather, and now I’m getting ready for Thanksgiving.
As we think about everything we have to be thankful for this holiday, I wonder if we can thank outside the box. Can we be thankful for the hardships in our lives, and recognize them as gateways to healing?
Every situation has a positive and negative nature – nothing is without this duality. Instead of resisting our difficulties, we can choose to face the emotions surrounding them. In doing so, we begin the journey to the root cause of the problem. Most of us believe the emotion is created because of the problem, but it is the problem that is created because of the emotion.
Have you ever felt like you’ve lived a scenario over and over? It’s because you have. Life’s challenges repeat until we are able to see their origin and find peace with it. The pattern is broken once the root is exposed, and life becomes easier and more fulfilling.
I recently spoke with a young lady about her dog’s behavior. He was anxious and aggressive around other animals, and she was embarrassed to take him to her veterinarian. I asked her to think of her dog as a teacher, and look at what else she is embarrassed about. I knew this feeling was important, because it was what her dog’s behavior was triggering. She gave me a nod and I knew my point was taken. I hope she can accept the gift her dog is giving her – a chance to face difficulties in her life instead of resisting them.
So this Thanksgiving, I give thanks for many things, and realize that the negative situations hold precious clues to what joyfully is to come. And of course I am thankful for the obvious – family, friends, my cat Vinny is approaching his 19th birthday, Buddy is happy as can be, and Baron von Love Bug Wagner (aka Lovey) has officially joined our family.
Please share what you are grateful for this holiday.