Have you ever met anyone who is very content? I have a friend who seems to have become completely content in the moment. At almost any point she can say “Let’s just take a moment to be content with what is right now.”
The first time she said we were waist high in freezing cold river water that was destroying their property. I think I just glared at her. She said with a smile,”We are alive. We are together. The water is certainly refreshing and it won’t last forever.” We burst into laughter and continue on trying to save what we could.
That moment carried us for about an hour. An hour later we were cold, tired, grumpy and losing the fight. She said “It’s time to love what is, you first.” I glared at her. “I can’t feel my feet at all they don’t hurt.” She screamed “Bravo”. (I think if i could have moved I would have tackled her into that cold river wate)r instead I said “you go.” “I love that you are still here and can’t reach me.” Again we burst into laughter and kept fighting the good fight.
It is easier when there is someone there to ask the question, what can help you be content right now?
Today, 40 years ago my sister got married. Her husband passed away two years ago and today is hard for her. She called because her brother in law is in the hospital and his wife thinks he might not make it through the night. It is not a surprise it has been a long time coming. She yelled at me “Just don’t let it happen today. I cannot handle it today.” So I tried “what can help you be content right now?”
She screamed, “Nothing absolutely nothing.” I just remained silent and stayed on the phone. After some tears she said “I have 5 great kids, wonderful grandchildren and more good memories than bad memories. So I am going to be content for 30 seconds.” We hung up.
Will you share a story where loving what you have helped you?