Dec 17 2012

Finding meaning during suffering.

I don’t know about you, but I’m still in the grief phase from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday.  At the same time, I know it’s important not to stay there, somehow we have to move forward.

There’s this book that my therapist recommended to me after a time of loss in my life.  It's called "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl.

It’s a psychologist's observation on why certain people were able to survive the concentration camps during the Holocaust.  He realized the people that survived such tragedy had one thing in common.  They had something (someone) to live for.  There was something in their life that gave them meaning.

He shares this quote:  "He who has why to live can bear almost any how." - Friedrich Nietzsche

That meaning  or "why" is different for everyone.   I don’t know about you, but as I looked at my life differently this weekend.  Instead of focused on what's missing, I am focused on what I have.

My meaning, my "why" are my 3 children.

God, help those parents move forward and find their "why"...

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Dec 17 2012

What Really Matters

What Really Matters

Looking at life through a different lens today.

After the shooting in Connecticut on Friday, I did what probably a lot of parents did and hugged their kids extra long and extra hard.

I began taking stock this weekend of the things that really matter in my life.

I don’t know about you, but suddenly it didn’t matter that my Christmas shopping wasn’t done yet. It didn’t matter that my laundry needed to be folded.  It didn’t matter that my kitchen was a mess.

What really mattered is last night when my son fell asleep on my shoulder while watching “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” I didn’t move.  I left the dishes in the sink and held my son.

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