Personal Grief and Loss
How would you react if the doctor told you, you have incurable cancer
or some other life taking disease. Perhaps you have been fired from
your job or your house was destroyed in a hurricane. Would you go to
water and give in or would you decide to fight with all your might,
to turn your misfortune into a positive?
Nobody on this earth would blame you if you became depressed and didn't
want to carry on, but sometimes the mind can work powerful miracles.
Even in the worst times there is hope and you should never give in to
the dark storms that are approaching.
We hear of people all the time who overcome great adversity and carry
on to inspire others. People who beat cancer, others who face the greatest
financial challenges and those who are given a short time to live, yet
continue to lead fruitful lives.
One of the greatest stories that I can remember is the story of a dying
eye surgeon, Dr. Fred
Hollows. Even though he was dying from incurable cancer, he carried
on going into poorer parts of Africa and into Australian Aboriginal
communities, freely giving his time to restore eyesight to underprivileged
Dr. Fred could have given in and stayed home with his family, to spend
what little time on this earth he had with those he loved. Yet he did
spend time with those he loved, because he loved all people so much,
he was unselfish and gave of himself until he could give no more.
If you are having a hard time at the moment, think of someone who has
overcome much harder tribulations than you.
During winter there are always bad storms, yet the days before and
after are usually pleasant and calm. So is our lives. They are full
of days that are happy and bright, so we also must expect the storms
to come and go.
When our storms come, be it health or any hard time, we may not have
the skills that Fred Hollows could give the world, but we can help those
we love, our family and friends. Face those storms with strength. Stand
up and look adversity in the eye, no matter what the extent of your
pain. Help those around you to cope with problems and you will leave
a mark on this world also.
How many people do you know that was like Fred Hollows. When things
get tough, think of their struggles and how they faced life. Then get
on with your life as if nothing could break you.