Gratitude To Those Who Make Life Difficult

Eventually we will find that we can be very grateful to those people who have made life most difficult for us. — Ayya Khema

In my youth, I would have had a hard time accepting this wisdom, but as I have become older and hopefully wiser, the more I know how very true Ayya Khema’s words are. Think about the teacher who challenged you, the coach who made your life miserable, and yes even the bully who made you tougher.

I am not alone in being able to identify the many people who made my life difficult, but as I eventually overcame each difficulty I developed a back handed gratitude for most, and for the few I’m still working on, I see gratitude in my future. I’m just not there yet.

How about you? Do you see the wisdom in Ayya Khema’s words? In your morning meditation consider someone in your past that made your life difficult, ( I hope it wasn’t me) and give some thought to whether to some extent you are grateful to that individual. That gratitude might even lead you to forgiveness, and if not at least to a better understanding of yourself.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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