None of us really ever knows what lays ahead. We may feel completely secure in our current circumstances and relationships. Our career may appear on an upward trajectory. Our health is robust. Our friends and family strong and nurturing. We seem to breeze through each day with life unfolding as it has in the past. In a single moment, everything can change…and we are left wondering about the future after a fire has struck in our lives. It may be the loss of a loved one. A job. An ended relationship. A change in our health. A physical disaster, or other personal tragedy.
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We can feel completely empty. Only a shell of our former selves.
The previous vantage point through which we experienced the world around us is gone.
We can become disoriented as a new reality sets in. Our world can appear as something disturbed, twisted.
It can be difficult not to try to hold on to the past. To avoid the realities of today, by immersing ourselves in the comfort and memories of what was.
There can be self-doubt and recrimination. We may blame ourselves for missing warning signs. Or, wonder if we somehow fueled the events that have overtaken us.
The realization comes that we must rebuild…to continue to grow.
The challenge is not an easy one. There may be parts of our lives from which we will now remain forever separated.
We know it is time to move forward. To break away from that which is not salvageable.
How much of our past life that will be stripped away is often a complete unknown.
Even as we attempt to face the future, there may be times when our emotions can overwhelm us…when we feel that all is lost. That nothing will survive amid the turmoil and disruption. We can question our own resolve and ability to tackle the challenges facing us. Whether we are truly up to overcoming them. As we open ourselves up completely to contemplating what the future may bring, we discover a truth.
When we look, we find that there is hope. There is something on which we can rebuild our future. It may be a particular talent. A memory. A kind act from a friend or stranger. The burning that comes from deep within to keep on our path, regardless of the obstacles we face. A sense of purpose that guides our lives.
We have been impacted by life events, but we pick ourselves up and resolutely press forward. We are still here..still breathing. We still have the gift of life, and ultimately what we do with that precious gift is all that really matters.
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