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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Life's Ups and Downs by Maureen McMahon

It seems when things go right for very long, something comes along to knock them askew. We all want to have a happy, easy-going life with no crises or major problems, but life just isn’t like that. It’s easy to get into thinking God or the Universe or Fate just ‘has it in’ for us when these things come along to mess up our contentment. But it’s not true. Unexpected things happen – they’re part of life. We don’t like them, but we can be sure they’ll come along. It’s human nature to fall into routine …to find comfort from a known set of circumstances. When something unknown and unexpected disrupts our normal routine, we become unsure – we feel threatened or fearful. We lose our sense of security.

While it’s very difficult to retrain our natural responses, it’s sometimes helpful to consider these things when our life turns upside down:

1. Nothing is permanent. Whatever it is will change.
2. Life naturally goes in peaks and troughs – ups and downs. We can be certain there will be ups again if we can weather the downs.
3. It’s okay to be fearful – we’re human. But worry and fear won’t change the situation, so if we can find one hopeful thought and stick to it, we can carry that with us until things improve.
4. Adages are around for a very good reason – they’ve withstood the test of time. An adage here is: Time heals all wounds.
5. Remember the good times. There will be more if you can just be patient.

For everyone who’s going through a difficult time in their life, don’t despair. Life is precious even if it’s difficult. In time, this too will pass. You’re not alone.


At 2:33 PM, October 21, 2006, Blogger Ashley Ladd said...

Good points, Maureen!

In the past few years I've pretty much gotten over the "why me?" Most of the time.

Being human means we all have trials and suffering. How we meet them measures our worth.

They make up our lives. Who we are is because of how we meet them.

Sometimes we make mistakes and then have to correct them. Sometimes we have pain and have to live through.

I've been very blessed. Although I don't have a lot of money, I have a husband of 26 years, five gorgeous and fun kids, one, almost two grandchildren, our own house, my own van, three great jobs, lots of wonderful friends, a beautiful country in which to live, my dad still living, pretty good health, lots of fun things to do, lots of things to look forward to, etc. etc.

I have a wonderful roommate at work who is a chaplain who although she is in a lot of pain a lot of the time, provides a wonderful example of how to be graceful despite personal trials - although my heart bleeds for her when she is in pain, I admire her immensely and want to grow up to be like her, with or without the pain.

Every new day is a gift from God and one in which to live to the fullest and give praise. Although my family and friends laughed at me bigtime for preparing for Y2K, they failed to see that I was also preparing for the future by planting my fruit trees, publishing books, and pushing forward.

Never give up until you can do nothing more. And then know that eternity in a better place is just a twinkle away.



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