06/30/2014 11:25 am ET Updated Aug 30, 2014

Gratitude For My Friend's Pragmatic Heart

Gratitude For My Friend's Pragmatic Heart

My friend has an autistic son who sometimes feels so defeated he doesn't want to go on.

When I told my friend I believed he'd get past this challenge, he shrugged his shoulders and said -- in so many words -- I don't want to wish time away. Right now we're in this struggle and it's okay. He added, I often remind myself how blessed I am.

I looked him straight in the eye and smiled, thinking what a wise man he is.

I'm grateful for this conversation with my friend and his take on challenges. I'm now convinced that whatever struggle people face they should make peace with it with the same pragmatic heart as my friend.

He's so right.

If we're in a struggle, we should "be in it" rather than wish time away.

Time, after all, is a limited commodity.

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