It has been a rough few weeks. Our school has suffered a great deal of tragedy…more than our fair share in a short time frame. In these times, I try to refer back to a core belief from Joshua Medcalf and Jamie Gilbert’s book Burn Your Goals.
“Anything that happens to me today is in my best interest and an opportunity to learn and grow.”
The recent events that have taken place surrounding our school community do not seem to make sense right now and they may not ever. It is my belief that if the Lord is looking over me when things are going my way, He must be doing the same when times are tough. I believe there is a purpose for everything and I have come to realize that I will not always understand the “why” behind things (nor am I supposed to – that is the definition of faith). I also believe that pain is unavoidable but long term suffering is our choice. The strength, compassion, love, and patience we can show in difficult times makes all the difference, to ourselves and those around us.
Or, at least that is what I choose to believe because I don’t want to think about it the other way. If things are not in my best interest, then they are only here to break me down to destroy me. To me, thinking in that way, there would be no point to anything – good, bad, or indifferent. I believe there is a purpose, because if there is not, we are all lost. Somehow, the tragedies, the tough times over the past few weeks will make us stronger. Maybe it will provide empathy that will allow us to treat someone differently in a time they really need it. Maybe it will create a level of compassion for other’s loss. Maybe it will give us a different perspective in the importance of what we do each day. Whatever that is…I choose to believe that anything that happens to me today is in my best interest and an opportunity to learn and grow.
Keep learning, keep growing, keep sharing!