How Can I Not Be Grateful?

If you’re going through a tough time, some thoughts from my friend Melanie may offer some comfort and hope. During our e-mail conversation, Melanie revealed that she had never truly felt loved as a child but learned to be a loving and compassionate person in spite of her upbringing.

I wrote back:

I’m sorry you were not unconditionally loved by your parents. In my view, that is inexcusable. But I understand that many parents aren’t mature and healthy enough to do what should come naturally. Good for you for breaking the unhealthy cycle!

Melanie wrote back:

Yeah, my mom didn’t love me unconditionally and I grew up with my dad’s rage disorder but the thing is, I’m a strong person. I didn’t know this til last year when divorce, rape, a health crisis and homelessness didn’t break me. It took hitting rock bottom before I surrendered and followed my soul. I had no more excuses, no more distractions. So how can I not be grateful to my parents?

Wow. I’m a big believer in reframing adversity as opportunity and adversaries as allies but my life has been a walk in the park compared to Melanie’s. And yet, here she is, radiating love and expressing gratitude for what so many others feel angry and resentful about.

With Melanie’s permission, I’m including her comments in this post because I know her perspective will inspire others who are struggling with their own difficulties. Thank you, Melanie, for sharing your wisdom with those in need of it.






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2 Responses to “How Can I Not Be Grateful?”

  1. thesportbird Says:

    Melanie may be tough but this girl is at her level or higher! http://www.npr.org/2010/11/12/131267727/living-with-face-blindness-who-are-you-again

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I’ve read about face blindness before, thesportbird. I can’t even imagine it!

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