The silver lining

It's easy to have a good attitude when things are going well. It's easy to have a thankful attitude when things are starting to go well. It's easy to start feeling accomplished if things keep going well. It's also easy to start feeling quite superior when things are going really well. 

For the most part, this is a capitalist world. We are taught that if we put the work in, we can reap a "better life". That, of course, can create a lot of competition, comparison, and thus, division. We sometimes develop a way of looking at others as a stumbling block in our way to success. We often become self-centered, inner focused and selfish; only worried about our own. 

And then tragedy happens. War happens. Terrorism happens. Widespread hunger happens. A natural disaster happens. And we unite. All of a sudden, we need each other to survive. All of a sudden, we need each other for comfort. All of a sudden, we are all equal. 

Isn't it interesting how in times of trouble we don't argue about politics, don't fight over religion, don't judge people based on the color of their skin... The silver lining of tragedy and disaster is that when we are all stripped of what is of value, we very quickly get back to our original state: that of unity, humility, and joy which is found in sacrificial love.

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