There comes a time in everyone’s life when we are faced with news that changes our lives irrevocably. This news comes and goes in our lives like waves crashing on the shore in the midst of a storm. We get knocked down into the sand soaked to the skin in fear or dismay and we lie there shivering and cold.
As the sun chases the clouds away we begin to feel the warmth once more of hope and our courage begins to grow as we stand shakily on our wobbly legs.
As the song lyrics go from “The Lion King” it is the circle of life and it is up to all of us to keep this circle from becoming a vicious circle.
All of us have within our power the ability to emerge from a storm a much stronger person but not everyone engages in that ability.
On a personal note when I was faced with my own mortality I was completely alone. I am a total optimist but at that time of my life I had to battle depression while healing from surgery and radiation treatments and chemotherapy because I did not have one close friend or family member nearby to lean on and we all need that to recover.
I recovered, I did bounce back, but it took me longer than it ever had before in my life. I finally had to crash and burn to the point where I put my life in the hands of a capable counselor whose specialty was working with people who faced traumatic medical diagnosis.
There are many life lessons to be learned from those storms that roll in and knock us into the sand. One of the most important lessons is that there are times when we have to let go of that which we cannot control and let others take over.
When waves of fear crash over our spent bodies I know first hand that the open arms of loving friends and family can help us embrace life again.
I also know all you need to do is ask.