Accepting What Is
My life had been pretty routine up until 7 years ago. At that time, our son, 17 years old, was hospitalised with a devastating illness - both chronic and debilitating. It has meant that we will probably have to support him all of his life. It continues to be painful to see a young man, once full of promise for the future, suffer and deteriorate. I can't say that "seeing" makes it any of it less painful, but what it does allow is for me to experience pain directly - in the moment - and then to experience joy - in the moment. I accept and experience whatever I am feeling, no judgements - it's just WHAT IS. My philosophy has now become, "who would have thought life could be so much fun, in a painful sort of way!" Does this make sense? It gives me acceptance of what is. M.