E is for Epiphany

My mother always said, “Everything happens for a reason.” It took me about forty-eight years and my son’s severe mental illness and a hurricane rescue and rebuilding a flooded home to finally understand. In the king-sized bed of room 331 in the La Quinta I called home for ten months, an epiphany struck me out of the clear blue.

Our Struggles Strengthen Us.

Okay, maybe my epiphany struck in part due to the book I had been reading—The Gift of Crisis: Finding your best self in the worst of times by psychologist Susan Mecca. Dr. Mecca suggests the following exercise: Imagine it is six months after your crisis has passed. Your best friend is talking to you about what s/he admired most about you during the crisis. What do you hope s/he will tell you?

There in my hotel room—strength, grace, and love popped into my mind. That’s how I want to be remembered. When my crisis passed, and we moved home once more, I understood one of life’s mysteries—why everything happens. I carried the epiphany with me. 

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How do you want to be remembered? 

A to Z Challenge

Thanks so much for reading this post in my first ever A-Z blogging challenge! As I hover at home this April, I’ll be seeking the good in every day. Join me anytime and click below for past A-Z posts.

A is for Apple

B is for Boozer

C is for Champagne and Chanel No. 5

D is for Dad

 

16 thoughts on “E is for Epiphany

  1. I want to be remembered as someone who cared for others that had a kind heart. I believe my entire being is to help others. I don’t believe everything happens for a reason but alot of things do! Great post my friend 💕🦋

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  2. Hmm. Good question. Ask me again sometime and I’ll think about it. Maybe as spreading light. Not sure.
    E is for energy. 2 kinds. The energy that sustains the world and is our energy and life. And the energy to do things. I’ve started (6 months ago) taking a protein vitamin shake and I definitely have more stamina than I ever had which I’m super grateful for.
    Love, light, and glitter

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    1. I thought about Energy and Eliza! I started a protein shake last summer, too, but I failed to keep it up. I could use the energy. I suppose I’ll go make coffee. You definitely spread light, my dear.

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      1. Thanks! I would recommend the shakes… I keep it up because although I didn’t see any difference at first and see no difference when I don’t for a few days I’ve seen the difference. A few weeks after I started taking it my mother saw the difference before I did. And when I had no energy I realised I hadn’t had it for a week. The next time I had no energy it was when I hadn’t had it for 2 weeks. So I really do see a difference. Of course it could just be placebic 🙂 although I don’t think so because I was taking it more for the multivitamin aspect and didn’t expect to see a difference. It’s not so much energy, but stamina. That I can continue through a full day. It hasn’t made me need less sleep. Unless it has. Oh. Never realised that. Hmm. Okay, that’s my recommendation for it :). I wouldn’t recommend specific brands although I’m sticking to the one I started with even though it’s so expensive. I’m sure cheaper stuff is around.

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  3. It’s the four “Noble” Buddhist truths. Thing, all things, rise and fall. All I need to do is be here for the experience knowing that transience is Gods way. How I am with others now has my attention. How I’m viewed in the future will hinge on how I am now.
    Thanks for this!

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  4. Sorry crystal your page isn’t opening for me.

    On Mon, Apr 6, 2020 at 5:06 AM Faith + Gratitude = Peace + Hope wrote:

    > Crystal Byers posted: ” My mother always said, “Everything happens for a > reason.” It took me about forty-eight years and my son’s severe mental > illness and a hurricane rescue and rebuilding a flooded home to finally > understand. In the king-sized bed of room 331 in the La Quint” >

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  5. I agree our struggles strengthen us and help us learn to survive our worst trials. I want to be remembered as someone who was there with a smile on my face for anyone who needed me. Thanks for a thought-provoking post.

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