Rising from the Ashes

The trauma, violence and difficulty people experience often leads to incredible joy and success when those who have suffered greatly decide to turn their sufferings into seeking beauty.  Instead of dwelling on their misfortune or feeling trapped by their past, they try their best to mimic and cooperate with God, who will, with our cooperation (faith and hope), do His best to turn everything into good. However, He needs our participation, determination and perseverance. We are only human and will fall, move backward, succumb to discouragement, which is the first fruit of self-love. We have been instructed by His Son to get back up. Rekindle your effort to see the good in others who have hurt you and to see the things that you have and will continue to be inspired to do as a result of what they did or did not do that disappointed and hurt you. This it the calling for each and every one of us. To get out of ourselves, see the good in others and to keep doing it over and over until we catch our stride with God who is always with us and waiting for us – like a child learning to ride on a two-wheel bicycle without training wheels, having been pushed forward by Our Father who stays with us, encourages us, comforts us when we fall, and prods us on to get back up and try again. Finally, when we do it, catch our balance and ride forward in glee, we are free and able to see that all that happened was for our good. Then it is our turn to inspire others to find the good in their lives.