Lightning Bolts

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Every once in a while, we experience lightning bolts in our individual lives. Something completely unexpected happens that we are completely unprepared for happens. It takes our breath away, knocks us to our knees and leaves us reeling.

I, personally, have had this happen to me twice in my life. Both times involved the unexpected death of someone who was close to me. The most recent time happened this month. I am still dealing with the shock. A family member put a gun to her head and pulled the trigger. I will be the first to say I was not surprised as I knew her state of mind and her emotional turmoil. I still was shocked that she actually was able to do that to herself. Suicide is one of the worst things for those left behind to deal with emotionally and mentally.

We all have those lightning bolts hit. Some, like me, experience a death of a loved one. Some find themselves with a pink slip and no job. Some get a bad report from the doctor. Some have a child or a family member wind up in trouble with drugs, the law or both. In the midst of the reeling, everything seems hopeless. All hope is lost. Where to go from here, how to recover from this and what to do are the questions that run through our minds.

The key to surviving these moments is to know that we will find the strength to get back up. We are very resilient creatures. Somewhere inside of us is a stream of well being that we can tap into regardless of our circumstances. How do you do that you ask? Here’s how. Focus on what you have right now. Look around. What is around you this very second? Do you have a roof over your head? Do you have food to eat? Do you have water to drink? Those are three things right there to start saying “Thank You” for to whatever you believe in as a higher power. Stay in gratitude for what you do have and you will feel a little bit of that load lift.

When lightning bolts hit our lives, we have two paths to choose from at all times. We can choose fear or we can choose faith. Which one feels better? Which one is more productive and helps open more doors? That’s right. Faith. It’s not easy. It is possible. I’m here today to tell you to have faith. To put one foot in front of the other and know that something good is coming to you. If you couldn’t handle this, this would not be happening to you. Be strong. Keep moving forward. This is not YOUR end. It’s just a bad storm. This too shall pass.

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