Seeing the Light: 5 Things You Can Learn from a Personal Tragedy

We see tragic events happen every day. Some shake a city or country to its core while others affect only a family or community. Somehow, we never think tragedy will come to our doorstep. When we come face-to-face with the death of a loved one, life-threatening illness or financial ruin, it can be almost too much to handle. However, there are lessons to be learned from tragedy. While no one wants to deal with pain, you can emerge stronger, kinder and more appreciative of life. Watching our inspirational videos can help you find joy and purpose again. Here are five things you can learn from the hardest moments of your life.

People are generally kind and helpful.

When tragedy strikes, it’s easy to feel alone and helpless. However, if you reach out for assistance, you will realize that someone will help you. It may be a friend, a relative, a church or a complete stranger who brings you comfort and makes sure you have the support you need. Despite our differences, many people share the same emotions and struggles. Someone may see a little of themselves in you and feel compelled to help you get back on your feet.

You don’t need all the material things you think you do.

Many of us spend our days surrounded by stuff, some of which we don’t use. Tragedy can help to show us what’s really important. Material things aren’t inherently bad but making them a priority can cause you to miss out on other things. When you’re going through a hard time, you soon begin to rediscover the power of a meaningful conversation, making memories with loved ones and spending time in quiet reflection. These things can’t be bought.

You’re stronger than you think.

Whether you lost your home in a natural disaster or almost lost your life in an accident, you may initially feel like you can’t handle it. Very often we look at other people and wonder how they’ve managed to cope with the hand life dealt them. The truth is that most of us are stronger than we think. However, emerging from the tragedy stronger often requires us to lean on someone for support. A spiritual leader, counselor or psychologist can help to provide the coping mechanisms you need.

There’s a lot to be thankful for.

People who survive tragedies often come to feel a sense of gratitude. When everything is going well, we can get angry about relatively minor inconveniences. When you make it through life’s worst struggles, you are more likely to see the blessings you still have. It may your family, friends, abilities or the simple fact that you are alive and you get to experience more of what the world has to offer.

It’s best to live in the moment.

Everyone feels worry, anxiety and regret at some point in their lives. This is because our minds are occupied with events which have passed, or which could potentially come in the future. When you live in the present, you begin to see life differently. Many people who have been through tragedies learn to enjoy pleasurable moments as they come. They know situations can change in the blink of an eye, so they don’t waste many precious moments worrying.

Personal tragedy can rock your world and leave you struggling to find happiness. However, if you seek out the right support and remain patient with yourself, you’ll learn to cope. You won’t forget what happened, but you’ll learn valuable lessons which help you navigate the next phase of your life.

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Ankur Bharadwaj

I’m Ankur Bharadwaj, Freelance blogging scientist and Engineer by profession from Bangalore, India. Here at Speaking Dots, I write about starting & managing a blog, Entertainment, Technology, Life Style, social media, SEO, and Digital Marketing.

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