During a particularly difficult time in my life someone once asked me the question, “how can this benefit the greater good of mankind?”
My initial inner reaction was, ‘hey this is not about them but about me. I am the one in pain here!”
In hindsight, it has been one of the most empowering questions I have held on to and asked in various other ways, such as, “what is my learning here”, or “what is great about this?”
Now during the past few months as I have watched my 84 year old father be diagnosed with both bowel and lung cancer, I have found myself asking this same question many times.
Without hesitation I can name many blessings and ‘great’ things that have shown up and once again it has been an extraordinary lesson on how life is as we choose it to be.
It has been a time of appreciation for my father, to witness his resilience, his positive attitude and determination to live. He has lived up to his inherited name of “Smiley” and continues to make everyone in the hospital laugh, even when it hurts him to do so.
“What a gift”, I often say, to have witnessed this, experienced him during this time, and bonding with him on a yet another level.
The deeper you look in to your situations, the more treasures you will find. The diamond I have found during this process is to be unspeakably grateful to see and acknowledge that all of those wonderful attributes are also deeply tucked away within me.
There are many diamonds in all of us.