Q: Through the many crises of our son who suffers a chronic psychiatric disorder, my husband and I have come over the last 10 years, to the practice of gratefulness. We are slowly growing into patience, acceptance, trust and unconditional love with a long way still to journey. Essentially, it was through our son’s affliction that we began to look for the opportunity within the gift and tried to ignore the wrapping. But I have great difficulty accepting that it is through HIS suffering that OUR inner life has developed. WE are finding some joy and peace but to all appearances HE is not; my husband thinks that perhaps, he has found a little,occasionally. We would appreciate if you could respond to this, please, Brother David. — Mary, Australia
A: +Thank you, Mary, for sharing so deeply about your journey towards gratefulness. The way in which you and your husband let your challenges spur you on to grow spiritually will surely inspire many others. It does inspire me and moves me deeply.
I do understand your question: Through dealing so bravely with your son’s affliction you find the joy of unconditional love; but what about him? How can he find peace of heart?
Painful as it is, one can find meaning only for one’s own life, not for another person’s – no matter how close and how dear. To find meaning means to receive it with a grateful heart from the very Source of life and meaning. At his own time and in his own way, your son, too, will find the peace and joy you are finding. You may trust in this. Meanwhile, your unconditional love is creating, moment by moment, the ideal conditions for your son to open his own heart.
–Your Brother David