It was so uplifting hearing someone describe the journey they had been on with their daughter’s mental illness as a gift.
From personal experience in my own family this comment did not surprise me.
To an outsider watching on, as families deal with mental illness, the obvious suffering is what they see so clearly and are drawn to focus on.
But something else can happen in that painful arena that brings growth, richness and compassion for self and others to the fore.
So I invited this woman to choose from my bag of little Buddhas.
Her hand alighted on a tiny little Buddha encased in a bodhi leaf, hands gently clasped in meditation mudra.
Even in the midst of the extremes of mental states, wisdom and compassion are to be found.
In this person’s eyes I could see that she knew that too.
Buddha donated by Akashamani Port Fairy Australia