There is a silver lining within every experience, even within the worst tragedy you can possibly imagine. Time is going to pass regardless of what you do with it, you may as well use it to your advantage.
3. Be More Than Words
For numerous years at the beginning of our relationship I just kept looking for those perfect words that would take my wife’s pain away. Words that would ease the suffering and despair. Words that would get her to know how much I love her and how much I care. There are no such words.
It’s who I am, how I show up, and the presence I bring to the table that has the power to transform. No words will ever match the potential impact that can have. When I’m radiating infinite energy of unconditional love and understanding in her presence, it provides her a feeling of safety, love, and security that words had always failed to provide.
The next time you don’t know what to say to someone, say nothing, be more than the words you could not find. It is not the words you say that translate the feeling you desire them to feel, it is who you show up as.
4. It’s Not Personal
As I’m driving home from work, I’m imagining coming home to my wife and being received with a big warm hug and a tender heart. Her loving smile shows how excited and happy she is to see me.
I walk in the door and pause for a second, waiting for my imagined dream to come true. Instead, there is dead silence, all is still. I hear some rustling in the kitchen so I take my shoes off to go and greet her. As I walk in the kitchen I receive a “hey” as she continues to do what she is doing.
“This is not what I had in mind” I think to myself, “She is barely acknowledging my existence.” I retaliate by doing exactly as she is doing, my demeanor suddenly changes and I become her. I am now full of tension throughout my entire body while radiating negative energy. “What did I do to deserve this treatment?” I think to myself.
I am about to confront her regarding attitude, which to me screams “I don’t care.” At this point I’m thinking “alright, here we go again, this is not what I want to come home to nor is this what I deserve to come home to.”
With her back turned to me she muffles under her breath, “sorry if I’m not myself, my whole body is in pain and I have a terrible migraine.” Wow! That sure changes things! I was just about to make this whole situation about me when it had nothing to do with me.
The more this happened, the more I realized that it is never about me. It is always about the other person, they are either in physical or emotional pain. This pain is either caused by either their biology and/or their thoughts. Neither of which am I the root cause.
The next time someone says or does something that you are about to take personally, gently remind yourself that they are in pain. When you take it personally, you become them. When you don’t, you become a source of compassion that they so desperately need in that moment.
5. Don’t Be Blind to Gratitude
For the first several years of my wife and I being together, all I could focus on was what life would be like without her. What would it be like to go to bed at night and wake up each morning alone, without her. What it would be like to come home from work and she is not there to greet me. Because I put so much focus toward a future that may actually never happen, I started treating her like she was already gone.
My wife said to me one day, “You’re treating me like I am already gone.” I thought about that statement for several seconds, I knew she was right. That was a tough pill to swallow for me because how she felt is the exact opposite of how I wanted her to feel.
Her statement hit home with me. It also influenced me to take a look at the rest of my life to see where I am also doing the exact same thing. My wife has been my greatest teacher for appreciating the small things in life and appreciating them NOW.
When you become so focused on what you don’t have, or on what you may end up losing in the future, you become blind to what you have right NOW. You will treat others as if they don’t even exist. You will treat your job like you have already lost it. You will treat yourself with a lack of care for your future.
A great example of this that resonates with most people is when someone is about to eat something that is terrible for their health and justifying it by saying, “Life is short.” In actuality, what they should really be saying is, “I’m making my life shorter.” The focus is on losing their life in the future and now their decisions are in alignment with creating the loss of their life.
Your decisions and actions will always be in alignment with your thoughts. Decide to be grateful for all that you are and all that you have right NOW and watch your decisions fall into alignment with what you’re grateful for. The best part? You will make better decisions RESISTANCE FREE.