A Season of Pain
The stark reality of life can sometimes bring us to the point of confusion, desperation, and even self-destruction. Not to dwell on the negative, on the contrary, I want to share about the place that is on the other side of difficulties and tragedy – the place where you can look back and see that you were strong and brave. I’m fortunate to have experienced this proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel” many times.
Eleven years have passed since the beginning of a long period of time that changed my life forever. Within fourteen months, I tragically lost my 34-year-old brother, my mother, and my only living grandparent – a season that threw me to the ground with grief and questioning my faith. It didn’t end with the deaths. After the sting of human loss, my family went through financial difficulties and personal health issues that nearly killed me.
Moving Through It
I’m sharing this not to get your sympathy but to prove to you that no matter what you go through, you can and will reach the other side of it. What condition you are in when you get there is up to you. If you choose to deal with your circumstances with hope and positive energy, you will find peace. If you choose despair and and ongoing negative thinking, you will end up missing the good that is there.
An Inspiring Story
One of my all-time favorite stories is that of skier Jill Kinmont. In the book, The Other Side of the Mountain – The Inspiring Story of Skiing Star Jill Kinmont from Triumph to Tragedy and Back, you follow Jill from a successful athetic career to a tragic accident that robs her of the ability to continue as an Olympic hopeful. However, she gains a life that would not have been possible if her accident had never happened. Please check it out if you’ve never read it or seen the movie.
Each woman has to find the path to the other side of the muddy pit or the mountain. Though there is help out there, you still need to focus your energy on what good is in your life and how you can use the situation to help others. This is the fastest way to get purpose and focus back. Journaling your feelings and your goals is also helpful when you can’t seem to get anywhere with your scattered thoughts. Just remember that no matter what “it” is, “it” will pass. Please share your experiences with us. If you have any questions or comments that are more private, go to the contact page and enter them there. Be well-be beautiful.
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