Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.
~ Thomas Merton
My gratitude project is merely an avenue to seek internal happiness. Reading this quote today had me thinking about harmony and rhythm; above all “Balance.” What is this balance that is spoken of?”
Balance is something I’ve never been able to do. It’s so hard to find a stable platform in which to stand. But that’s where we all are, that’s what life is, right? We all are trying to find balance, rhythm and harmony. I definitely need balance and harmony today. I am struggling in a life with a mouthy, rebellious, and pissy 13 yr old boy. I know that this is payback for my teenage years… but still. How does one find harmony in thoughts of throttling your child? And, how the heck am I supposed to find something to be thankful for in the midst of this frustration whirlwind?
Balance – I need to stand back and breathe. I need to remember that I was once this age. I need to remember that I also had hormones running a muck, attitude needing adjustment and disdain for the world as a whole. I need to relate to my child, and relate to those feelings. I need to remember not to negate his feelings, and just let him be.
Harmony -We will find harmony if I can remember the simple steps above.
Happiness – May be an undiscovered isle, but we can seek it together. I am sure he will grow up into a reasonable man, but now, in this sea of hormones, we will ride the storm together.
Today, I am thankful for the memories of being a mouthy and angry teenager; as it helps me relate to my son.