One day, a friend
called me on the phone. He was going through a difficult time and
wondering if and when things would ever turn around and
improve. I knew he was in a lot of pain; I didn't know then
that he was considering suicide.
could give a person only one thing to help them," he said,
"what would it be?"
carefully about his question; then I replied, "It's not one
thing. It's two: gratitude and letting go."
Gratitude for everything, not just the things we consider good or
a blessing. And letting go of everything we can't
A few years have
passed since that day my friend called me on the phone. His
life has turned around. His financial problems have sorted
themselves out. His career has shifted. The two very
large problems he was facing at that time have both sorted
themselves out. The actual process of working through these
problems became an important part of redirecting the course of his
asked the artist Georgia O'Keefe why her paintings magnified the
size of small objects--like the petals on a flower--making them
appear larger than life, and reduced the size of large
objects--like mountains--making them smaller than life.