On a good note, I am starting to feel like I am on the upswing after the craziness of the past two months (C's accident and surgery). Hopefully my instincts are right.
*Photo via here.
In my own experience, the period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one's life. If you go along in an easy way, with everything okay, you feel everything is just fine. Then one day when you encounter problems, you feel depressed and hopeless. Through a difficult period you can learn, you can develop inner strength, determination, and courage to face the problem.
Kindness, Clarity, & Insight , The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin GyatsoI must note that I never felt depressed in the past month. Sure, it hasn't been peaches, but I am a go-with-the-flow kind of person; adaptable or flexible as they like to say in corporateland. But after staying a month in this house (The Fisher House), for wounded soldiers and their families, which is basically in the parking lot of the hospital, I have learned something that I always knew, but hadn't seen with my own eyes. Our freedom as United States citizens comes at a huge cost, (besides our tax money). Our freedom isn't free. The other soldiers staying in this house have severe burns, amputations, brain injuries...you name it. They are in the hospital for months and rehab for years. I know, some of you might be thinking, "They signed up for it!" Yes, they know in some jobs an injury or even death is a possibility, but no one signs up assuming they will get a leg blown up. They sign up to serve our country and protect our freedom. I didn't expect to come out of this month gaining something more than a deeper love and appreciation for my husband, but I did.