Lessons Hospital Visits Taught Me | Blog Post by Janet Das | Momspresso
None of us have our lives easy and simple. All of us face challenges in one area or the other. However, challenges have a way of building bonds among people that can often be difficult to break. Of all the negatives they might bring, they also reveal the real friends and supporters we have. There are many other such hidden blessings involved, which I would be sharing here.
A little note before I start sharing my learnings — your situation might be worse than mine, and it might not have a happy ending. I am extremely sorry about that. I can completely relate to your thoughts and feelings. The intention of my post is surely not to boast of anything here but instead express gratitude towards God and the people who supported our family during that time. That is something which I never want to take for granted ever.
There have been many instances when I got to regularly visit the sick in the hospital, but there have been three specific times when my close family members were hospitalized. Of these three times, a couple of years ago, there arose a situation in our family due to which I had to visit the hospitals quite frequently and for a longer period. These visits were definitely not what I wanted or looked forward to, but now that I am out of those situations, I am glad that I could be there for my family during those times. In addition, there were some other positive things that I noticed during that time.
First thing was that sickness and diseases affect everyone alike. There is no distinction between rich or poor; male or female; and old, young or children. I have been to a couple of different hospitals, and heartbreakingly, both had small kids — some in mothers’ laps. Being in a hospital taught me that there is a vast world beyond my secure cocoon. It sure was an eye-opener. I learnt to be sensitive to others’ pain since I got a glimpse of how they might be feeling and what they could be going through. It was also a time that resulted in bonds so deep — some with friends and family that stood by us, with the fellow-patients or fellow-sufferers and sometimes even with strangers. Often, we can find love and acceptance in the least expected places. There sure are grumpy frustrated people too, but their annoyance start seeming bearable once we realize the pressure, stress, and uncertainty they might be going through. It also made me realize that there were many blessings in my life which I was taking for granted. Finally, I realized that with God’s help, I could handle much more than I thought I could. Again, I am not boasting here but rather acknowledging what God enabled me to do.
It is said that in life, there are no mistakes, only lessons. Same holds true for experiences. Even the toughest of them can teach us to persevere and to empathize with others facing testing times. Having said that, it is definitely our choice whether we let our experiences make us better or bitter. Let’s try and ensure that we do not choose the latter.
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