Wednesday, July 25, 2012
When Bad Things Happen the Good Things Go Unnoticed
Bad things happen, and so do good things. Bad things happen like lightening; sudden, dramatic, and when it strikes really close, terrifying. When good things happen however, it's more like electricity; its all around us to the point that we don't hardly notice it, but just take it for granted when we flip the switch.
Our problem is that when the bad happens we tend to view all of life through the lens of that bad event. That's neither honest nor healthy for us. So think for a moment about what didn't get reported, but what somebody did last Friday...
Got their first job; got that big promotion; or retired after 40 years of work
Got their first hit in little league, or their first home-run
Put on their first pair of ballet shoes and did a pirouette
Went fishing with their dad and caught their first fish
Bowled their first strike; Bowled a perfect game.
Rode their bike for the first time without training wheels
Climbed their first 14er in Colorado
Learned to swim; jumped off the diving board for the first time
Swam in the ocean for the first time
Met the love of their life; went on a first date
Got married; celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
Gave birth to a beautiful little baby.
Took their first step; Said 'mama' or 'dada' for the first time.
Got to hug their grandchild for the first time.
There are literally thousands, even hundreds of thousands of good things that happened last Friday, and every day. Bad things, like lightening, happen - but not all the time. Don't let this bad thing cloud your view of life; don't think everything is bad because this terrible event happened.
I have to believe that even when bad things happen, Life is still good.