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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The Good in the Bad
“This could get depressing really fast,” I thought to myself.
As usual, I was wrong. As person after person spoke, I found myself inspired more than anything. People have been through a lot—there were stories of health crises, pink slips, divorces, deaths and academic failures. In general, when more time had elapsed since the event, and when people had done some “inner work”, there was less pain and more gratitude. There were still scars. But amazingly, people were able to find the good in the bad. There was genuine gratitude even for the hard things.
There are blessings to be found even in the challenges. As people spoke, this quote from Helen Keller came back to me: “I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work, and my God.” Painful events can lead us to things well worth finding.
This Thanksgiving, a couple of suggestions. The first is to sing. Check out our latest e-news for some ideas on how to do that around the Thanksgiving table. The second is to include the hard things in your thanksgiving. Along with the blessings, reflect on the struggles you have faced. Is there anything in that story for which you can genuinely give thanks?
Tell us, Poet, what do you do?
I praise. But the deadly and the monstrous things, how can you bear them?
I praise. But what is nameless, what is anonymous, how can you call upon it?
I praise. What right have you to be true in every disguise,
behind every mask?
I praise. How is it that the calm and the violent things
like star and storm know you for their own?
Because I praise.
Rainer Maria Rilke
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