No one likes to experience either one of these or watch our friends and loves ones have to experience them either. Whether it’s a tragic accident, an unforeseen break-up, a suicide attempt, some form of hardship, the death of loved one or favorite celebrity, or any number of other situations, these experiences can be painful, devastating, and gut-wrenching. We sometimes ask ourselves all kinds of questions including why it had to happen or what we (or whoever else) did to deserve whatever happened. Some people really struggle with the answers to these and other questions.
To me, these things are there as reminders for us of so many things…
- that life is precious and fragile and can be taken away at an instant
- that nothing and no one should be taken for granted
- that we are stronger and more resilient than we think we are
- that we can face our fears and overcome them
- that change is sometimes a good thing
- that the people and relationships in our lives are more important than things
- that we need to continually remind our loved ones how much they are loved
- that others may seem fine on the outside but are struggling on the inside
- that we need to be kind and understanding to one another and really listen
- that we shouldn’t sweat the little things
- that sometimes our words and actions are more hurtful than we realize
- that we should accept and celebrate our differences
- that together we are stronger, and so on.
Most of all, I think they are reminders that we need to continually take a step back and be grateful for what we have, even if it’s not much. There is always something positive we can find to be thankful for, and there are always so many people going through situations that are far worse than our own. It’s all a matter of perspective.
Of course, this is all easier to think about when we are not the person going through the particular tragedy or heartbreak or while we are not in the midst of it ourselves. We may never get over the pain or disappointment of the given circumstances, but hopefully at some point we can at least get to a place where we have a more positive perspective of why these things happen and what they were trying to teach or remind us. I don’t think enough people stop and consciously think about and appreciate all the positives in their life. Maybe if we did, we wouldn’t need so many reminders.
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