gratitudeI was listening to a meditation on gratitude this morning and it reminded me of just how important gratitude can be as we process the information that our child is LGBTQ.

For some of us, this is new information and we can find it difficult to accept. For others, we already knew and yet we still have difficulty knowing for sure our child is LGBTQ.

We feel fear, guilt, shame. We wonder what we did wrong. We ask why us, why our family, why our child? We worry about our LGBTQ child’s safety – will they be bullied, discriminated against, find love?

As we are processing all those feelings, it’s helpful to remember to be grateful. Gratitude itself can be very healing. It may seem difficult to find things to be grateful for when your emotions are in turmoil but it’s possible. Look around you. There is beauty in the world, in your life. Be grateful that you are the mom of such an amazing kid. Be grateful that your child trusts you enough to tell you the truth about who they are. Be grateful for the love you have in your life. Even if you don’t feel it at the moment, there is a lot of love in your life. Be grateful that we live in a time where the LGBTQ community is more accepted than in any other time in the past.

Cultivating gratitude can help you find the peace you are seeking. Think about it every day. What are the things you are grateful for?

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