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How Do You Cope With Adversity?

26 People Killed And 20 Injured After Mass Shooting At Texas Church
LA VERNIA, TX – NOVEMBER 07: Guests attend a prayer services at the La Vernia High School Football stadium to grieve the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 7, 2017 in La Vernia, Texas. On November 5, a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service at the church in nearby Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

There’s a lot of bad news these days. Shootings, terrorist attacks, or natural disasters. Every week more is piled on us to process. .

Each of these events has one or more victims. How do they cope with the enormity of the events they’re facing?

While we are all similar in many ways we’re also all individuals. There’s no one size fits all when it comes to human emotions.

Thoughts and Prayers?

After the church shooting in Texas recently a lot of high ranking talking heads are getting flack about using the term “thoughts and prayers.”

As in — our thoughts are prayers go out to the victim’s families etc. I don’t mean that to be flippant, but that’s how some people are treating that sentiment.

It has no beneficial affect in the eyes of those who dismiss prayer as a time wasting endeavor.

There’s an old saying when it comes to prayer. “For those who don’t believe — no proof is possible. For those that do believe — no proof is necessary.”

Thoughts and prayers will give comfort to some — for others they’re just lip service offered by people who will be busy with other things next week while the victims still suffer.


If I had a mission statement for my life it would be this, “In every adversity there is the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”

It’s hard to see any possible benefit when you lose something or someone who’s irreplaceable.

Not sure where I first heard that saying but I can tell you from first hand experience it has worked for me.

There have been some tough times but relying on that saying I’ve always seemed to come out stronger on the other side.

Does pain remain? — Sure it does. But life isn’t a pond; it’s a stream with a current that will take you somewhere. Times and things change.

Some Final Thoughts

We often have no choice in the things life throws at us. Loss of a job, accident, disease, seem to come with little or no warning.

Another saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Good things will happen and bad things will happen. How do you cope?

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