In recent months I’ve taken a pretty narrow approach to the devotionals. I’ve written almost exclusively on spiritual matters. This month, I’m going to try something new. I’m going to broaden the scope and try to expose you all to other people and what they’re saying on all matters recovery. Each day I’ll give a link to an article or video and provide some brief commentary.
Option B is an organization that seeks to train people to build resilience and find meaning in their lives after tragedy. Above is a video that describes their thoughts on the possible ways people respond to adversity.
My thoughts: The video is hopeful. It suggests that, with some helping, some training, some practice, people can find a path forward. The path forward is to find ways to serve others who are hurting and, in this way, give your own suffering meaning by using it to help others find a path forward. In other words, helping others find a path forward is a way of finding our own path forward. It sounds cyclical (or maybe backwards), but this seems to be the nature of community.
The video does not imply that tragedy or adversity become “good” when we are able to use these experiences to find meaning. Too often we reverse engineer the past and say things like, the terrible thing that happened to you was necessary for this other good to happen. Instead, let’s try this: a terrible thing has changed us, there’s nothing we can do about it. We can, however, over time, choose a response to the way our life has gone that honors others and ourselves.