Seeing Through the Tears

From Each Day A New Beginning, January 9:

“‘The Chinese say that water is the most powerful element, because it is perfectly nonresistant. It can wear away a rock and sweep all before it.’ ~Florence Scovel Shinn

Nonresistance, ironically, may be a posture we struggle with. Nonresistance means surrendering the ego absolutely. For many of us, the ego, particularly disguised as false pride, spurred us on to struggle after struggle. ‘Can’t they see I’m right?’ we moaned, and our resistance only created more of itself. Conversely, flowing with life, ‘bubbling’ with the ripples, giving up our ego, releases from us an energy that heals the situation—that smoothes the negative vibrations in our path. Peace comes to us. We will find serenity each time we willingly humble ourselves.

‘Resistance is more familiar. Nonresistance means growth and peace. I’ll try for serenity today.’”

It is very hard to accept life on life’s terms. When I faced a heartbreaking situation in my daughter, I fought tooth and nail to free her of the addiction that had taken hold of her. And I was stubborn; I persisted. For several years, I resisted.

But I learned that my power in her struggle was limited. And I needed to surrender my ego and my will to the power of my God. And have faith—a deeply held faith that everything in my life is unfolding as it was meant to.

I found my peace there.

2 thoughts on “Seeing Through the Tears

  1. That was perfectly seems we are as cookie cutter as the addicts themselves. We as mom’s going through all the same emotions,making all the same mistakes.. it certainly brings about a sense of security knowing we are not alone☺

    1. Oh, how not alone we are! Still, many of us feel the shame and stigma that the mere word “addict” evokes in this unforgiving society. So, along with many other moms, I write books to try and dispel some of the stigma and help the public understand that it’s a brain disease. Who in their right mind would stick a needle in their arm and choose to live in the gutter? It’s a terribly cruel disease, and I’m glad there’s so much support out there. Thanks for your comment, and God Bless!

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