The last week has been a series of the interruptions I call life. It started out sitting at the bedside of someone I love who had suddenly stared death in the face. She is back to her everyday life today. Another lesson that living this life is never genuinely routine.
Opportunities scattered throughout the week. Talking with so many family members seems only to occur during holidays, festive events or funerals. Observing the strength and character of the younger generations of the family was a gift. When did they all grow into adults? How has time flown by so rapidly? Time stood still and presented many opportunities to talk, more importantly, to listen. Hour upon hour we were together during different scenarios. We displayed our weakness and our fears as well as our strengths and character. The roller coaster ride of emotions evoked helpless anger and tears of joy.
Being home the last few days I have reflected upon the week. The dominating lessons I have learned are those centered around humility. I have never felt the impact of the lessons learned from the feelings of failure so strongly. I am genuinely grateful for every mistake I have made in life. I am thankful for the guilt I felt when I had let someone down. Every time I fell on my face and made wrong decisions has served a purpose that has never been so obvious to me. When broken to a point we feel irreparable is a gift in life. We endure through these periods with humility. It is not enjoyable. The results, however, grow our compassion. It paints a clear picture of everyone playing on the same level in this game called life. We are no better nor worse than the teammate standing next to us. It tells us life it's self foster feelings of inferiority; it needs no help from others or ourselves. It teaches endurance and reminds us to remain humble.
Continue to endure the challenges. We all see things differently even when looking at the same view. Fall in love with your life, it really is the art of romance. Love is the greatest gift. We often forget this love includes ourselves and our lives. Paint your picture. It is an original.