There have been a few women in my life with whom my relationships have been rocky, to say the least. As a younger woman I really didn’t experience these sorts of situations, but as life as evolved and become more and more complicated with relationships, in-laws, children, other people’s children, etc., etc., I have found myself in some very negative places.
This negativity is incredibly debilitating. The amount of time spent thinking about it, reeling from the insults received, coming up with ways to cleverly retaliate, can be all-consuming in a terrible way.
I have recently come to terms with an old friend with whom I have shared one of these rocky, painful relationships. This morning she sent me the following meditation that I wanted to share:
“Hatred is a passion requiring one hundred times the energy of love. Keep it for a cause, not an individual. Keep it for intolerance, injustice, stupidity.”
There is more, but this is the part I particularly loved. Thanks sister for sharing this with me! I feel ten pounds lighter since you and I have found peace together. Let’s be sure that we do not slip back into that bad place where we have found ourselves in the past.
The quote ended as follows:
“This is the day we are given; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Now that is my mantra. I woke up this morning. I could have slept forever, never knowing that I was gone. But I am here, and I am going to make the most of this day that I was blessed with.
How about you?