What a week it has been. This time last week my MIL was admitted to the ER before we could say “jack Robinson” she had to undergo a life-threatening surgery.It all came suddenly,one minute it was just a call, the next minute in the theatre room. But thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph in His name.
She is out of danger now and gradually recuperating. The whole experience made me see another aspect of me that I didn’t know was really there. All through the ordeal of taking my mother in law for different medical tests, and scans and routine checks to ascertain what prognosis was.
I pondered on all the events,this past week. Now she is staying with us until she recuperates 100%. I saw myself going out of my way as a daughter in law,to take care of my Mother-in-law in ways that even her own children were overwhelmed at the extent of my care. I remember telling them, she is my mother, I will do the same for my own mother too regardless!
I learnt and discovered much more than before that I could go the extra mile for someone else in need and helpless,because somewhere in my DNA, I do not like to be in pain or be helpless. The compassion I felt for “grandma” as we call her was because I couldn’t bear to see her in pain because I didn’t like to be in pain too. That feeling triggered an action that has made me earn a lot of respect and admiration from my In-Laws.
I saw the manifestation of my self-kindness in the eye of my Mother-In-Law. Even though I am perceived as the ‘no-nonsense’, ‘tell-it-as-it-kind’ of person,I am amazed at this side of me that came to the surface because of the health challenge of my children’s ‘nana’.
Kindness comes in many different ways, but the truth of the matter is that it always comes from the heart.
The heart of kindness is love.
The love overwhelmed with joy
The joy that comes with the passage of time
Kindness makes me patient with me
It makes me patient with the world.
If I can show love and be patient with me
Then I can show the same to others
Self -kindness is me loving and being in sync with who I am
That’s why I can show it to others,
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