November 6

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 6: “The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.”― Thornton Wilder

I have so much gratitude for those who gave me the lessons I came here to learn. I am also grateful to have learned from them. It is awful to keep repeating life lessons when we have been given them over and over again. That is certainly my case.

I know today what each person I have known has taught me. They are great teachers and I love the lessons because they gave me the gift of who I am today.

My life is great and happy because I have been willing to sit with those people’s lessons and hold them up to the light and find the truth and teachings in them. This is not always as simple and easy as it sounds.

When we are resisting life and the lessons we are here to learn, we will create great pain for ourselves and be angry and hurt a lot of the time. For some reason, Ego tells us that we are above this lesson or that lesson. We may have talked about it at some point and believe that is all that needs to happen for us to learn the lesson. Hahaha…yeah, right!

As we move past one situation into another, it is vitally important that we hold each person, no matter what we may think about them and their lesson(s) in our hearts for awhile to be familiar with the things they brought to us. If we don’t do this, we will be given more opportunities to do this work. Over and over again.

I get that. I have gotten that. I will continue to get that. Good news, bad news. The Universe is going to keep you learning…and you will NOT always like it. AND…it may be a repeat of the same lesson, over and over again.  Ugh! That sucks! But it is life. We came here to learn these things. That means that all of the people (ALL OF THEM!) are in your life by Divine Appointment. All of them. Isn’t that awesome? I think so. And sometimes I am not so crazy about that.

When the person is through with the lesson(s) they came to teach, they will be gone. They are through with this life and their teachings and learnings. Just as we, too, will learn what we came to know and teach what we came to teach and then be gone.

That is the gig. That is all there is. It is beautiful and beautifully orchestrated. The most important thing we can ever do is to be mindful and grateful for ALL of it, every day, all the time, on and on and on. Forever, amen.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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