Imagine if you can a time of unseen danger; and the consequences of which are beyond your control. A situation you find yourself in, not knowing what to do. You search for answers and are left with more questions.
You are not alone.
Every generation, every nation, and every family at one time has been in that situation; although the circumstances vary.
Tragedy, trials, and troubles have visited from time to time and left no one unaffected nor untouched.
Lessons of the ages passed down through the generations are for the good times and the bad times; for anytime.
Teaching our children about how to seek shelter during a storm is important, but so too is telling and retelling the stories of the hard times you or your family have faced, along with stories of the good times. No matter how hard we try to keep tragedy from the ones we love, it will one day influence or affect them. We cannot shield ourselves and our loved ones so much that we hinder learning the tools and skills needed to get through the tough times.
How to “Keep your head when all others are losing theirs about you,” is not just an old saying, it is a life lesson that can serve us well. Though it sounds odd, being calm during a storm or crisis can have a rippling effect. When others see you are calm it may help put them at ease as well; just as our anxieties can make others nervous. If we know how to act when needed, not just react, we can make all the difference in the world.
Compassion and empathy are two of the greatest characteristics we should all strive to have or learn. Amidst all the sorrows and fears of disaster these two qualities shine, bringing Faith, Hope, and help when it is needed.
September 11, 2001 should have taught us that if nothing else did.
Children today were not even born then.
How we get through hard times is as important as learning how to work or do chores. It teaches responsibility, patience, and perseverance, and the inescapable truth of change.
We all must remember that no matter how good things are they can go bad, but the blessings of that is no matter how bad it gets it will eventually get better.
When we use the lessons of yesteryear with the experiences of today, we can keep moving forward to figure out what to do for tomorrow.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 KJV
~ David and Lisa Ford