Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Sweetest Unconditional Love

A couple of days ago I went with Aja and 2 of her children to run some errands. As we were getting ready to leave, she fussed at her kids and even kind of "lost it" a bit...not a big deal, just typical frazzled mom kind of stuff. She made little Stella cry but quickly scooped her up in her arms and expressed great love, even remorse for snapping at her the way she did.

We left and she had to make a stop somewhere and run in to make a payment, I stayed in the car with my *Littles*. There was music playing softly in the car and Stella was singing along. Suddenly she saw her mommy walking back towards the car and she said to me in the sweetest little voice,"There's my sweet mommy!"

I was so touched at the way she said that! She had COMPLETELY forgiven and forgotten that just a few moments earlier, her mommy had snapped at her and made her sad...she expressed so much unconditional love and it melted my heart.

In that instant, an innocent 3 year old reminded me of the importance of moving forward and not dwelling on the past. She loves her mother and that, in and of itself, transcended anything else. It was a precious moment in time.

Why is it that we hold on? Why do we let pride and ego dominate our feelings thus ultimately causing us more grief in the long run? Anger and bitterness simply hurt US. I love the quote, "Anger is like swallowing poison and waiting for the other person to die." I have seen people destroy their own happiness by holding on and allowing their anger to turn to hate. It's tragic and so unnecessary.

I have really come to understand, through my *Littles*, why we have been told to "become as a little child". A precious 3 year old taught me one of the sweetest lessons through her perfect actions. I will always be thankful to her for that gentle reminder.


addicted2shius said...

I needed this post so badly! I am so grateful for all the many lessons you provide just in your observance of everyday life. You have such a beautiful family and it is because they have you as an example. Thank you for reminding me to be more like a child, meek and forgiving.

Beach Bungalow said...

Why is it so difficult for people to grasp this concept? Maybe you have to live for a while before it dawns on you. I wish that wasn't so.


Julie said...

Your sweet "littles" are so adorable. Why is it so hard for adults to get past the hurt and just let go, forgive, forget, and move on? However hard it is, it is so important for our spiritual, mental and physical well-being to do it. Thanks for the reminder.