life, living, meaning
fulfillness, happiness, Life
Growing up, my mother always used to say “life’s a bitch and then you die”. I know, doesn’t that inspire positivity? The only thing my mother seemed to be passionate about was attempting to be the perfect daughter, mother and wife. And she was miserable all of the time. As I started to become more independent in life and pulled away from my family a bit, my mother seemed to build up the time we did share together, to the point where it was impossible for me to ever please her. And, as a result, she became despondent, disappointed. The pressure became too much for me and I pushed further and further away from her.
Slowly, I am learning I cannot depend on anyone for my own happiness, just as my mother couldn’t depend on any of us for her happiness. I think this is a very hard lesson…
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Family, forgiveness, Self-love
“Forgiveness is the final form of love.” ~ Reinhold Niebuhr
“Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.” ~ Robert Frost
During this visit to family for the holidays, we’ve been able to reconnect with my father’s last living brother. It’s been over twenty years since we last saw him, and we’ve all been through lots of life altering experiences. Seeing my uncle again and hearing the stories of his painful experiences has caused me to reflect on relationships and just how complicated they are. Each of us carry wounds, some healed, some still seeping. But for me the meaning of Jesus life, and that of the other great teachers like him, is that we must learn to forgive those who have wounded us, and forgive ourselves for being thoughtless.
When we think of forgiveness, we often think of…
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