Blog Post #18
Today was a difficult day.
My friend, Trish, passed away early this morning — it’s so sad but a blessing as well, because she is no longer in pain or suffering. I am saddened by her passing. I will miss her. Thinking about her family and friends and the grief they are now experiencing is hard.
Then this afternoon, we had to take our daughter to emergency as she became severely dehydrated from a stomach flu. She has been kept overnight for rehydration, observation and tests. We were there for hours before we left her there sleeping fitfully as we returned home tired and spent.
These two events made for a stressful and emotional day.
As I was sitting in the Care, Assessment and Treatment Zone (CATZ) of the hospital, I watched all the people come and go — doctors, nurses, patients, relatives, friends — the place was busy with everyone going through various emotions, stresses and even surpisingly joys. This made me think of gratitude.
I am sad that my friend is gone leaving a hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved her — but I am forever grateful that she was in my life.
I am worried about my sweet girl lying in hospital bed tonight, but immeasurably grateful that we have access to excellent and affordable health care.
My worry lessened and my grief ebbed a little as I felt gratitude for everything in my life — good and bad. I was reminded of the following quotes:
“Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all-the-time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good, even in unpleasant situations. Start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful.” — Marelisa Fábrega
“If the only prayer you say in your life is thank you, that would suffice.” — Meister Eckhart
Brynne’s Daily Drawing #18