We all go through adversity, tragedy, and loss in our lives. These times often spring out of nowhere and always happen at the most inopportune times.

And that often compounds the event to be bigger than it might have ordinarily been.

Words and Actions

While there are no words I know of that can alleviate pain and sorrow, there are some that I use in my life when confronted with these kinds of events.

One that has served me very well during hard times comes from Napoleon Hill, “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”

I know it’s hard to understand how great loss can somehow be balanced out by some future unknown benefit.

This was hard for me to understand too.

It doesn’t mean that the loss is somehow lessened of diminished, what it means is that there are balances in our lives.

Bad things happen to good people. The loss will always be there but there’s also the knowledge that while the loss is overwhelming we still have to move on with our lives.

Tough times rarely last — but tough people do. We find a way to balance adversity and prosperity.

Some Final Thoughts

Fear of loss is always more powerful than expectation of gain. At the time it seems hard to imagine living through the speed bumps life throws in our way.

Or that our lives will ever be normal again. One day everything is great — the next day it all falls apart.

The good news is we're all stronger than we think. Humans have been on this planet for a very long time.

That didn’t happen by rolling up in a ball in the corner of the room and resigning from the world when life takes a wrong turn.

Good things happen to good people too. This too shall pass.

If you’re coping with trouble in your life you’re not alone — there is always help.

You don't have to go it alone.

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