“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” -Haruki Murakami
I saw this beautiful quote on another blog and it really resonated with me. It instantly made me think of this journey that we are taking courtesy of Alzheimer's. But, it means so much more. I believe the meaning of life itself is the journey... all of the choices that we make... the lessons we learn... the people we influence, positively or negatively... how we treat others when there is no obvious reward. All of these things are in our power and they ultimately determine the meaning of each of our lives.
So, I have to ask myself, what lessons am I learning right now? Will my children see compassion in my example? Will I remember this time in the storm as a positive lesson? Or will the overwhelming negativity of the situation win out? Are the choices I am making now, made for the kindness to another person or are they made out of frustration and anger? And, will I walk out of the storm a better person?