One of the daily sources of quotes and meditations that I use is my Hazelden Twenty-Four Hours a Day book. I picked this up from my recovery program.
I’ve spoken with a few people about today’s meditation, as it runs in alignment with a few of my recent posts.
This was the meditation of the day:
Not until you have failed can you learn true humility. Humility arises from a deep sence of gratitude to God for giving you the strength to rise above past failures. Humility is not inconsistent with self-respect. The true person has self-respect and the respect of others and yet is humble. The humble person is tolerant of other’s failings and does not have a critical attitude toward the foibles of others. Humble people are hard on themselves and easy on others.
This really hit me in a few ways.
First off, I’ve been working constantly on having gratitude. I’ve said, a few times, that through gratitude I feel spiritually connected and find humility. These are needed before I can be at peace and centered. The connection that I wasn’t making, is that through my failures I can find gratitude. I have allowed my failures to hold me back; feel stupid, insecure, and undervalue myself. But instead, I should learn from those failures and celebrate that I have overcome them.
Secondly, a new friend of mine discussed that God (even though she is very religious and I am not, I believe in God and we are able to connect on many levels in dealings of spirituality) puts failures in our lives for the very reason to find gratitude for our ability to overcome them. We need the failures to grow and follow our paths. During this discussion, I looked back at my life. Indeed, if I had not had the challenges that I have faced, and failed miserably in some of them, I may not have found the stength to talk about my life’s events openly and help others. I may have continued to try to shove myself into the “box” that I believed society was trying to place me into – and not discovered this path to hope and happiness. For that, whether it be a series of stacked coincidences (that continue to unfold and mystically amaze me) or a path layed out by our divine creator (that spun the laws of Mother Nature and this universe into action), I am eternally and immensely grateful.