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When Disaster Strikes

11th Feb 18

Words by Ann Halstead

It happens to all of us at some time in our lives.  One minute life seems to be going quite swimmingly, then like a bolt out the blue BAM! Catastrophe strikes!  Suddenly job security raises its ugly head, friends or loved ones remove themselves from your life leaving you hurt and completely bewildered, maybe a health issue strikes bringing with it far too many uncomfortable questions or perhaps we find ourselves on the receiving end of someone’s unreasonable behaviour or betrayal.  The list is endless, we all have our own versions of it.

So what do we do when our life is shaken to the core, when all around us seems to be falling apart, our foundations cracked and now unsteady? We learn to weather the storm that’s what.  First we grieve over what’s been lost.  We feel the pain and all the emotions that come along with it; the hurt, the anger, the fear, the frustration, the seeming injustice of it all. The tears that accompany that pain is our psyche’s way of asking us to let go, to release.  The experience is the teacher, the emotions are the lessons from which we can learn and the test is to now let that go and move on and only you can make that choice to do so.

Letting go is one of the most empowering things you can do, it’s a gift to yourself.  If the circumstance is something that isn’t going to go away, then letting go of the outcome is that gift.  Letting go of the worry and relaxing into the uncertainty is the gift.  Does worry ever solve a problem? Or does worry simply serve as a prison that holds one prisoner in utter misery?  So we grieve, we run through every possible scenario in our minds and eventually the time comes to take a step back and maybe start looking at life from a different perspective.  How can we turn this around to our advantage?  The answer is it has already been turned around to our advantage, even though we may not yet see it.  The person who turns their back on you has left a gap that will be filled by the right person, that job loss is an amazing opportunity for something new, even illness has a silver lining eventually in some form or another.  Good always comes out the perceived bad even though it may take quite some time before it becomes apparent.

And so the rich tapestry of life continues to weave its intricate design and when the golden thread appears, and it will, the sun begins to shine once more.  We emerge wiser and stronger with a wealth of experience under our belt and with hindsight (always a great thing) our understanding begins.  Whatever life throws at us, we can choose to pick up the pieces with faith and trust and build on something much greater.  You are far, far stronger and far more resilient than you think. Believe.

Ann x


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