Friday, May 15, 2015

Finding the Sun through the Clouds

Wow man, it is so easy to look around at the tragedy and heartache that occurs everyday (train crashes and earthquakes this week!), and conclude that the world is one big awful place.

As a counsellor, its sometimes easy for me start feeling that way too.  I hear so many stories about the unbelievable loss, abuse, and disappointments people face and I sometimes start to feel defeated.  Just last week I had a couple in their 40s who's only child, a 15-year-old daughter, had recently been killed in a tragic accident.  As the wife sobbed, I could see how deep her pain is.  I could only imagine.  Something happening to one of my kids is by far the worst thing I can think of.  I would rather die right this minute.  The fact that people are actually able to even put one foot in front of the other and keep breathing after such as loss is amazing.  Also, last week a mother (who I didn't know personally) in our community, who's kids used to go to my kids' school, passed away after a long battle with cancer.  She was not even 50 yet.  There are no words...

So its important when good things happen to recognize and celebrate them.  Right now I am rejoicing for other clients of mine, who after a very, very long and painful infertility journey are expecting twins.  I can't think of a couple who deserves it more or needed this more and I am overjoyed.

I am also critically aware of just how fortunate I am.  No fame, no fortune, but health and a loving family.  My kids drive me nuts, but they are happy, healthy girls with good hearts and I am so lucky to have them.  I am also incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful, supportive partner, who is my best friend, and an amazing dad too.  Beyond my own blessings though, I just want to reassure you that there are good people in this world, and good things do happen.  And good things happen to good people. There is beauty around us, sometimes you just have to look a bit harder to find it.

Besides the fact that I work tomorrow morning, we have a quiet long weekend ahead, and that means lots of quality time with the family.  Also a playdate with cousins, a Costco trip, and maybe an outing to one of the many Victoria Day weekend events.  Have a happy, healthy weekend and stay safe.

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