By Linda A. Perry
Memories are just that. You remember them. These scenes, thoughts, words, actions are and were implanted in your mind at the time of the event. And once there they fully occupied your mind in the present. Suppose you had a tragic event. Suppose that the roof of your house blew off while you were sleeping and then when you looked up in the morning, you saw the sky. What would you do and what would you think and even better, what would you say to anyone you met? Would you spend the rest of our entire life talking about the lost roof? Would you spend hours, months or even years, rehashing the roof-blowing incident in your mind and in your present day--by focusing on it and never letting it go? Would you try and run away and leave the city so that you could rid yourself of those memories of waking up with your roof missing?
Everyone would react differently in that type of situation and everyone acts differently in times of hardship and crisis. But if you paused and really thought about the event, you would have then realized how wonderful your event was and then you would have realized all that you have to be thankful for. That is correct. You woke up looking at the stars, when in that same storm, others woke up looking at a bundle of rocks on top of them and others woke up in the ocean or in the lakes because the storm had transported them there against their will. But you, you woke up in your very own bed looking at the sky. I think if there is anyway that I would like to wake one morning it is looking at the Heavens.
So see, everyone had the same experience of the storm but some chose to see it differently. Still others woke up and had no effects of the storm in the physical realm but had the effects of it in the emotional realm, and perhaps that was the hardest to heal from. After all, no one sees any wounds, or any tragedy. You looked the same as before the storm as you did after, yet your mind was deeply affected by the same storm that had no effect on others. What do you do after a storm hits your life?
Here is one idea. Stop. Pause, look around you. And at that moment when you are able to look around freely, praise God. Thank God for the breath that you take and realize that you have been spared a much worse fate. Thank God. That is my only suggestion once you are hit with the storms of life. Thank God. Thank God for your survival and thank God for your life. And then and only then will you truly be mature, and truly be connected with the Creator that made you and gave you your first life.
Linda Perry, a published author, creator of genuine, unique television shows that air on Time Warner and on Cablevision in New York City. A warm-hearted individual who gives a voice to those who have been silent all along. This author produces television shows about almost all topics that help people in their lives. Many of the shows are entertainment; some are information and resources and still others are festivals, fiestas, and community events that bring all people together in one place in the city or in the country.
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