In a wonderfully moving conversation with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Late Night talk show host Stephen Colbert talked about grief, gratitude, and the lessons he learned in life. It is a conversation that has inspired many articles, tweets and yes, Instagram posts, perhaps and indication that the sentiment was something we either all shared or for which we were searching. It is perhaps an indication that so many, if not all, of us struggle in some part of our life. As human beings we are connected through our emotions and experiences. It is hard to be grateful for suffering. It is hard to see it that way. Yet gratitude doesn’t mean we wish for suffering, rather is an acceptance that it is an inevitable part of life and that through suffering, when coming out the other side, we recognise compassion, for others and for ourselves. We recognise that each and every one of us is on a journey and that judgement has no place in our consciousness. Judgment of others and of ourselves. We learn from hard times. We appreciate them because they give us the foundation to truly be grateful for the good times. I am grateful for my experiences so far. They have led me to where I am today. When I didn’t think I would ever have a family of my own and the silence of the weekends would scream at me, I now wake up to the sounds of my son and husband and yes, even my cat. Sounds that welcome me into a new day and are reminders of what once was and how far I have come. .
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