practice anticipating, participating and savoring
i am glad that i have learned the art of 'enjoying my and others joy'. (taught on the album, Office of Personhood)
when i am in pain, like this morning, i tend to look at the snapshot of my life and my thinking becomes very small. all about me and my pain. but when someone interrupts that pain because it is their birthday and they are bouncing because they have the day off and they are happy, i can zoom out fairly quickly to the bigger picture and be happy with that other person. savoring their joy, anticipating their fun day and knowing i can participate more fully when we get together to celebrate this one's birthday on the weekend. that is one snippet of how this works for me.
this, in turn, can help me refocus on where i am at presently. yes, in pain, but a part of something much bigger that includes others and not just me in my own little world. i can further reach out and practice anticipating, participating and savoring my interactions with them being thankful that i am not alone. God and others are always glad to be with me.