By Mary Layton
Nobody is spared from tragedy. It is so difficult to accept but it is part of everyone’s life in some
way. As devastating as a tragic event may be, it certainly shakes us out of our comfort zone, out of going about our business as usual. I experienced this recently with the loss of a very dear friend. First there was the deep shock of finding out that her life had ended, that I would never see her again. I wondered how I could or how anyone could have controlled or prevented this tragic outcome. I was devastated and struggled to accept what had happened. How could such a lovely, so talented and wonderful human being be torn away from our midst? But as with all tragic events there are no easy answers. The funeral celebrated God and her life very beautifully. It helped me to accept what I cannot change. To let go.
As I surrendered to the idea I felt an unimaginable spaciousness, a larger dimension opening inside my mind. A tragic loss often propels people to wake up. We suddenly see the bigger picture. We may realize that we have been small minded, somewhat stingy with our time, our money and showing our love for people that truly matter to us. We suddenly get that there is so much to be grateful for. We wonder if we could be less controlling and fearful. What that would look and feel like. Life is unpredictable and goes by fast. I wonder if we might be able to give out our love for one another, express ourselves and engage more fully in our communities while we still can.
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