Creating A Joyful Relationship With In-Laws.
When I got married I was so much in awe of my husband that I used to consciously and with all feelings, thank my in-laws for giving me such a wonderful husband. I call my mother-in-law ‘mother-in-love’ and she has been so loving. She has taught me many things about running a household from scratch and with love, without wrong making at all. She has taken to my care to such an extent that when both my sons were born and when I was sick, she cried for me. I gift her and she also showers me with her gifts. The most important thing that she has blessed me with was my transition from being unmarried to getting married and so it has been very smooth. She supports me and my husband on our merits and not by prejudging because I am the daughter-in-law. She really believes that I am her daughter even though she did not given birth to me. And most important, notwithstanding the occasional hurts or disagreements, I have always thanked her for what she has done and who she has been in the past nine years.
Around 5 months back I started a common Whatsapp group of my parents and my parents-in-law and everyday I write a common gratitude to both of them. What a phenomena it is. I feel so connected to all four of them and I have been experiencing their love increasing.
One more gratitude practice that has worked miracles for me is that whenever I have been hurt, either I have sought forgiveness, or sometimes I have forgiven them without having them first say that they were sorry.
Thank you to the practice of gratitude. I am living a blessed life.