As a parent, we give of ourselves to our children and are grateful for each moment that is made with them, family, and then one day they move away and then that loneliness sneaks into our lives.
As a child, we give what we can to our parents and to our friends for the most part unconditionally. We are thankful for those moments where we hear, “I love you”, or “I am proud of you”. Then as we grow older, we move on and then again that feeling of loneliness sneaks upon us.
All of our lives are a cycle and a river that we must each travel one our own. The destination is set, but the method of our journeying is up to us. We can cruise down the middle of the river at top speed, or we can hug the shore and spin around in eddies. We can crash over rapids or chart a safer path between obstacles. We can slum along the bottom in the mire and slime of sediment, or we can glide along the sparkling surface where the air is clean. The river is ours from birth to death. How we’ll navigate it is determined by the hundreds of small choices we make each day.
These choices more often than not involve each day some aspect of giving, being grateful and even being lonely.
Our life is dynamic, and the river stretches and bends as we go. A bad beginning does not inevitably lead to a bad ending. In fact, a bad beginning can give us strength to create a good ending.
It is how we each respond to the events and the people in our lives.
Be grateful for your mistakes and learn from them. Give of yourself to others and impart what you have learned. Know that sometimes loneliness is a healthy thing so that we may contemplate on it all. Know that you are never alone in this life and that someone loves you and cares for you and that maybe you have just closed your eyes to it for a bit.
Open them and see all that you have each day and respond to all things in life in a positive way. Each day it is your choice to be grateful, to give and even to be lonely.
What do you choose?