That was a tough day. Our younger daughter had a raging infection with a fever of 105 degrees. She looked really unwell. After elaborate testing at the emergency room, we received the diagnosis, she was prescribed antibiotics, and we drove back home.
After a few minutes of sharing worries, we began counting our blessings. Her illness had been diagnosed in time; it was curable; we had access to medical care with kind, competent staff; the world has antibiotics now; her immune system was normal …
We had many reasons to feel grateful. As we started compiling the list of what was right, our attention shifted. By the time we reached home, we felt good and secure. We were focusing on solutions, and had quit struggling with all the what-ifs.
Our daughter recovered quickly. We learned that even during a very difficult situation, our minds can find comfort in gratitude. Further, such search can provide hope and comfort, and stop unhelpful, energy-depleting ruminations and worries.
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