Today is a grateful day. I know, I know! Everyday should be grateful day but that is just not how it works. So, instead of feeling down on myself for the bad days, I will CELEBRATE the grateful days to the hilt.
I woke with a prayer and contentment. I will attempt to hold this feeling throughout my Wednesday. Wednesdays are wonderful because my girls and I are taking the NAMI Family to Family course. The three of us eat dinner together beforehand and then head off to learn, to laugh, to cry with a group of people that you wish you never had to meet but there you are, grouped together with one commonality....a mentally ill loved one. The pain in that room is palpable at times, but there is hope too. I think of a few special people that have lived with this thing for a long time and still have joy. The joy they have is a choice they've made despite the obstacles life has thrown at them. I also consider a few of the group that are angry. Not that they don't have the right to be angry, but it's eating them up. They feel like they have few choices and the future looks dark. The future for many of their loved ones is rather dark and scary. Having very little control over adults with mental illness, one has to accept their limited options in controlling what takes place next. I think of the parents of Amanda Bynes and how little control they have over a very sick daughter. I've come to the conclusion that whether angry or joy filled that future is going to happen. I choose joy.
I choose joy
I CHOOSE JOY.
I'd love to hear how you choose joy in the face of your hardships.
Now please go out there and be kind....I know that we could all use a little more of it♥