…Good coming out of darkness….These words, in the title of a Monday April 20, 2015 Washington Post article marking the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing of a federal building, caught my eye. This phrase captures the essence of Vitality Weekly. Whatever challenge, difficulty, darkness you, I, we as a group, may experience, we can develop an attitude in which we look for good coming out of the darkness.
The 20 year anniversary puts things in perspective. Oklahoma City didn’t wake up the morning after the bombings and see much good. However, as one speaker at the event noted, the people of Oklahoma City were uniquely able to understand the pain and inspire hope in New Yorkers after 9/11 and Bostonians after the Marathon bombing.
In our own small ways, individually and collectively, we are called to transmute painful challenges and offer understanding and inspiration to others when they are hurting. You can look back at your life and pick out a few difficult events or phases. How did you grow through them? What did you learn and how did you use the experience to become stronger, kinder, more determined, or fiercely protective?
How can your memories and reflections of earlier experiences support you through whatever challenge you meet today?